The Dead Rock Stars Club, an extensive list of dead rock stars and people related to rock, when and how they died with links to sites about them - The 1960s

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The 1960s
 Welcome to the club rock stars are dying to get into. Rock and Roll may never die but rock stars do! This site is  a list of dead rock stars, dead people associated with rock and dead people whose music helped influence and create rock (which I feel includes Jazz and Country artists), sorted by the date of their demise. This is a tribute to them.
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1960

Pete Griffiths - Died 196? - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Zodiacs.

Jimmy Bertrand (James Bertrand) - Died 1960 - Born 2-24-1900 in Biloxi, MS, U.S. - Played drums, washboard, xylophone and slide whistle - Led Jimmy Bertrand's Washboard Wizards (They did, "Idle Hour Special" and "I Won't Give You None") - Worked with Erskine Tate's Vendome Orchestra, Doc Cooke, Jimmy Blythe and Lee Collins - Brother in-law of Jelly Roll Morton and brother of showgirl, Mabel Bertrand.

Kelsey Pharr - Died 1960 - ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Was a member of The Delta Rhythm Boys (They did, "Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin" and "For Sentimental Reasons") - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Carlos Di Sarli - El Senor del Tango - Died 1-12-1960 ( Tango ) Born 1-7-1903 - Composer, orchestra leader and pianist - Worked with Osvaldo Fresedo's Orchestra.

Gladys Bentley - Died 1-18-1960 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia ( Blues ) Born 8-12-1907 in PA, U.S. - Worked with The Washboard Rhythm Kings and Maggie Jones.

J.R. Baxter Jr. (aka Pap Baxter) (Jesse Randall Baxter Jr.) - Died 1-29-1960 ( Gospel ) Born 12-8-1887 in Lebanon, AL, U.S. - Composer - Organized The Baxter Quartet - Co-founder of The Stamps-Baxter Music Co. - Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Alfred Apaka (Alfred Aholo Apaka) - The Golden Voice of Hawaii - Died 1-30-1960 - Born 1919 in Honolulu, Hawaii - Singer - Worked with Ray Kinney, The Moana Serenaders and Don McDiarmid Sr.

Gene Alford - Died 2-?-1960 ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Was the lead singer for The Four Knights (They did, "If I May" and "I Get So Lonely") - The Four Knights backed Nat King Cole on many of his hits.

Fred Buscaglione (Ferdinando Buscaglione) - Died 2-3-1960 in Rome, Italy - Car accident ( Jazz ) Born 11-23-1921 in Turin, Italy - Played double bass, piano and violin and was a singer, songwriter and actor - (Co-wrote, "Porfirio Villarosa" and "Whisky facile") - Worked with Leo Chiosso - Led The Asternovas.

Jesse Belvin (Jessie Lorenzo Belvin) (aka Mr. Easy) - Died 2-6-1960 in Hope, AR, U.S. - Car crash ( R&B ) Born 12-15-1932 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. - Singer, pianist and songwriter - (Co-wrote, "Earth Angel " and "Goodnight My Love") - (He did, "Guess Who") - Was a member of Three Dots And A Dash - Worked with The Shields ("You Cheated").

JoAnn Belvin - Died 2-6-1960 in Hope, AR, U.S. - Car crash - She managed her husband, Jesse Belvin.

Archie Brownlee - Died 2-8-1960 - Pneumonia ( Gospel ) Was a member of Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi , an  acappella gospel group .

Pete Ash (Shirley Roy Ash) - Died 3-?-1960 in Carson CA, U.S. - Car crash ( Rockabilly ) Played piano and steel guitar - Worked with The West Coast Playboys.

Ricard Alexis - Died 3-15-1960 ( Jazz ) Born 10-16-1891 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played bass and trumpet - Worked with Paul Barbarin, Papa Celestin, Percy Humphrey and Bob Lyons.

Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton) - Died 4-?-1968 in Los Angeles, CA., U.S. ( Blues ) Born  5-7-1905 in Brunswick, GA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Stumbling Block Blues" and "Yo Yo String Blues").

City Joe Pugh - Died 4-3-1960 - Truck accident ( Blues ) Born 7-10-1926 in Pugh Hughes, Arkansas, U.S.

Sylvester Weaver - Died 4-4-1960 in Louisville, KY, U.S. ( Blues - Country Blues ) Born 7-25-1897 in Louisville, KY, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "Guitar Blues") - Worked with Sara Martin ("Longing For Daddy Blues"), Walter Beasley and Helen Humes.

Arthur Benjamin (Arthur Leslie Benjamin) - Died 4-9-1960 in London, England - Cancer - Born 9-19-1893 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia -  Pianist, composer and conductor - (He wrotte, "Jamaican Rhumba") - Wrote music for the films, The Man Who Knew Too Much and The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Beverly Kenney - Died 4-13-1960 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1-29-1932 in Harrison, NJ, U.S. - Singer - (She did remakes of, "Born To Be Blue" and "A Woman's Intuition") - Worked with The Dorsey Brothers' band, The Johnny Smith Quartet and Jimmy Jones And The Basie-ites ("Isn't This A Lovely Day" and "Nobody Else But Me").

Eddie Cochran ( Ray Edward Cochrane ) - Died 4-17-1960 - Severe brain injuries from a car accident ( Rock & Roll ) Born 10-3-1938 in Albert Lea, Minnesota, U.S. (Recorded the original, "Summertime Blues" and "C'mon Everybody") "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee".

Jose Razzano (Jose Francisco Razzano) - Died 4-30-1960 in Buenos Aires ( Tango ) Born 2-25-1887 in Montevideo, Uruguay - Singer, composer, guitarist and lyricist - Worked with Carlos Gardel and Francisco Martino.

Smokey Hogg - Died 5-1-1960 - Ruptured ulcer ( Blues ) Born 1-27-1914 in Westconnie, Texas, U.S. (Recorded,"Look In Your Eyes" and "Pretty Mama").

Isadore Barbarin (aka Isidore Barbarin) - Died 6-12-1960 ( Jazz ) Born 9-24-1872 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Bunk Johnson and The Zenith Brass Band.

Odell Rand - Died 6-22-1960 ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 1905 - Played clarinet - Led The Ebonites - Worked with Lil Armstrong, The Harlem Hamfats, Big Bill Broonzy and Baby Dodds.

Lee Collins - Died 7-3-1960 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. ( Jazz - Blues ) Born 10-17-1901 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played Trumpet - Worked with The Young Eagles, King Oliver, The Columbia Band, Jelly Roll Morton and The Young Tuxedo Band.

Al Hoffman - Died 7-21-1960 in New York, NY, U.S. - Prostate cancer - Born 9-25-1902 in Minsk, Russia (now Belarus) - Songwriter and drummer - (Wrote or co-wrote the songs, "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo", "Hot Diggity" and "Close To You") - Collaborated with Jerry Livingston, Leon Carr, Milton Drake, Leo Corday, Mann Curtis, Mack David, Bob Merrill, Al Goodhart, Walter Kent, Sammy Lerner, Dick Manning, Maurice Sigler and Ed Nelson - His songs have been recorded by Pasty Cline, Nat "King" Cole, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra, Bette Midler, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong -  Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Oscar Hammerstein II - Died 8-23-1960 ( Traditional Pop ) Born 1895 - Worked with Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and Mimi Bessette .

Oscar Pettiford - Died 9-8-1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark ( Be-Bop ) Born 9-30-1922 in Okmulgee, OK, U.S. - Bassist - (He did, "Tricotism" and "Laverne Walk") - Worked with Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Woody Herman, Earl Hines, Duke Ellington and Ben Webster.

L.C. Williams - Died 10-18-1960 - Lung disease ( Blues ) Born 3-12-1930 in Crockett, Texas, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Lightnin' Hopkins.

Porter Kilbert - Died 10-23-1960 ( Jazz ) Born 6-10-1921 in Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. - Worked with Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Quincy Jones and Carmen McRae.

Johnny Horton (John Gale Horton) (aka the Singing Fisherman) - Died 11-5-1960 in Cameron, TX, U.S. - Killed by a drunk driver in a car accident ( Country - Rockabilly ) Born 4-30-1925 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Honky Tonk Man" and "Battle Of New Orleans") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee and Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

1961

John Daniel (John Tyra Daniel) - Died 1961 ( Gospel ) Born 1906 in Boaz, AL, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Daniel Family Quartet - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ken Headley - Died in the summer of 1961 - Viral pneumonia ( Skiffle - Rock ) Born about 1942 in Sutton, Surrey - Guitarist - (He wrote, "Slide Rule" and "Crantock") - Was a member of The Grasshoppers and The Presidents (They did, "Candy Man") - Worked with Robin Mayhew and Colin Golding.

Bobby Williams - Died 1961 -Blood disease ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Was a singer for The Solitaires (They did, "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance") and The Mello-Moods.

Blind Simmie Dooley (Simeon Dooley) - Died 1-17-1961 in Spartanburg, SC, U.S. - Heart disease ( Blues ) Born 7-3-1881 in Hartwell, Georgia, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Pink Anderson.

Alphonse Picou (Alphonse Floristan Picou) - Died 2-4-1961 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( New Orleans Jazz ) Born 10-19-1878 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Clarinetist - He formed The Independence Band - Worked with Oscar "Papa" Celestin, Bunk Johnson, Freddie Keppard and Manuel Perez.

Noah Lewis - Died 2-7-1961 - Blood poisoning following amputation of frostbitten feet ( Blues ) Born 9-3-1895 in Henning, Tennessee, U.S. - (He did, "Minglewood Blues") - Was a member of  The Memphis Jug Band .

Nick LaRocca (Dominic LaRocca) - Died 2-22-1961 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-11-1889 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played trumpet - Member of The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (They did, "Livery Stable Blues" and "Bow Wow Blues (My Mama Treats Me Like A Dog)") - The 1st jazz band to make records.

George Formby - The Beloved Imbecile - Died 3-6-1961 ( British Music Hall ) Born 1905 - (He did, "Chinese Laundry Blues" and "Leaning On A Lamp Post").

Wilbur Sweatman (Wilbur C. Sweatman) - Died 3-9-1961 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-7-1882 in Brunswick, MO, U.S. - Played saxophone and clarinet - (He did, "Down Home Rag").

Howard Dixon - Died 3-24-1961 in South Carolina, U.S. ( Country ) Born 6-19-1903 in Darlington, SC, U.S. - Guitarist - He was one of The Dixon Brothers (They did, "Weaver's Blues" and "Intoxicated Rat").

Cisco Houston (Gilbert Vandine Houston) - Died 4-29-1961 in San Bernardino, CA, U.S. - Stomach cancer ( Folk ) Born 8-18-1918 in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did,"Rose, Rose, I Love You" with Gordon Jenkins and "Bad Man's Blunder") - Worked with Lead Belly, Sonny Terry, The Almanac Singers and Woody Guthrie

Miff Mole (Irving Milfred Mole) - Died 4-29-1961 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-11-1898 in Roosevelt, NY, U.S. - Trombonist - (He did a version of, "Peg of My Heart") - Played for The Original Memphis Five, Jimmy Durante, Pee Wee Russell, Red Nichols, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman and Eddie Condon.

Scott LaFaro - Died 7-6-1961- Car crash ( Jazz ) Born 4-3-1936 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. - Played the double bass violin (aka the acoustic bass) (He did, "It Could Happen To You" and Our Delight").

Sticks McGhee (Granville McGhee) Died 8-15-1961 in New York, NY, U.S. - Lung cancer ( Blues ) Born 3-23-1918 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer and guitar player - (Recorded, "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" and "Jungle Juice") - Led Sticks McGhee And His Buddies and Sticks McGhee And The Ramblers - Worked with Sonny Terry - Brother of Brownie McGhee.

Edgar Mosely - Died 10-?-1961 ( Jazz ) Born 11-12-1895 in Algiers, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of Kid Rena's Brass Band - Worked with George Lewis and Bunk Johnson.

Billy Gladstone - Died 10-?-1961 - Born 12-15-1893 in Romania - Drummer - Worked at Radio City Music Hall - He manufactured snare drums, sticks and practice pads - Percussive Arts Society Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Don Barbour - Died 10-5-1961 - Car crash ( Pop - Jazz ) Born 4-19-1929 in Greencastle, IN, U.S. - Was a singer and guitarist for The Four Freshman (They did"Graduation Day" and "Charmaine").

Booker Little (Booker Little Jr.) - Died 10-5-1961 in New York, NY, U.S. - Uremia ( Jazz ) Born 4-2-1938 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Trumpet player - (He did, "Strength And Sanity" and "Moods In Free Time") - Worked with Johnny Griffin, The MJT + 3, Max Roach, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Abbey Lincoln.

Chico Marx (Leonard Marx) Died 10-11-1961 in Hollywood, CA, U.S. - Heart disease ( Pop ) Born 3-22-1887 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Piano player - (He did, "Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland" and "I-Eat-A") - Led The Chico Marx Orchestra - Was one of The Marx Brothers - Worked with Desi Arnaz and Mel Torme.

Marguerite Monnot - Died 10-12-1961 in Paris, France - Born 5-28-1903 in Decize, France - Composer and pianist - Collaborated with Edith Piaf, Raymond Asso, Marlene Dietrich, Henri Contet, and Georges Moustaki.

A.P. Carter (Alvin Pleasant Delaney Carter) (aka Doc) - Died 11-7-1960 in Kingsport, TN, U.S.  ( Country ) Born 12-15-1891 in Maces Springs, VA, U.S. - Was a member of The Carter Family - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Little Son Joe (Ernest Lawlars) - Died 11-14-1961 - Heart disease ( Blues ) Born 5-18-1900 in Hughes, Arkansas, U.S. (He did, "Afraid To Trust Them" and "She Belongs To The Devil").

J.B. Coats (James B. Coats) - Died 12-15-1961 ( Gospel ) Born 4-6-1901 in Summerland, MS, U.S. - Singer and composer - (He wrote, "Where Could I Go" and "I'm Winging My Way Back Home") -  Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

1962

Lenny Miles - Died 1962 - Cancer ( Pop ) Born 12-22-1934 in Fort Worth, TX, U.S. - He did songs written by Luther Dixon.

Wayne Arnold - Died 1962 in Tijuana, Mexico - While being robbed ( R&B ) Saxophonist - Was a member of The Imperials.

Jerome Hanna - Died 1962 - Vocalist for The Jive Five ( Later renamed The Jyve Fyve ) (They did, "My True Story").

Etilmon J. Stark (Etilmon Justus Stark) (aka Bud Manchester) - Died 1-?-1962 in Maplewood, MO, U.S. ( Ragtime ) Born 1868 in Gosport, IN, U.S. - Composer and arranger - (He wrote, "The Black Cat Rag" and "Gum Shoe Fox Trot").

Ernie Kovacs (Ernest Edward Kovacs) - Died 1-13-1962 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Car accident - Born 1-23-1919 in Trenton, NJ, U.S. - Comedian and actor - (He did, "Hot Cakes And Sausage") - Worked with his wife, Edie Adams ("The Wrong Man" and "Indian Love Call").

Claude Jones - Died 1-17-1962 ( Jazz ) Born 2-11-1901 - Trombonist - Worked with Fletcher Henderson, The Synco Jazz Band, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Connie's Inn Orchestra and Jelly Roll Morton.

James Ray (James Ray Raymond) - Died 2-?-1962 ( Pop ) Born 1941 in Washington DC, U.S. - He was living on the streets when he was discovered by Gerry Granahan - (He had hit's with, "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody" and "Itty Bitty Pieces").

Les Hite - Died 2-6-1962 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-13-1903 in Duquoin, IL, U.S. - Played saxophone - Led Les Hite And His Orchestra (They did, "T-Bone Blues") - Worked with The Spikes Brothers' Orchestra, Louis Armstrong, Mutt Carey, Fats Waller, Curtis Mosby, Sebastian's Cotton Club Orchestra, T-Bone Walker, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders.

Walter "Papoose" Nelson - Died 2-28-1962 - Drug overdose ( Blues ) Born 1930 - Guitarist - Worked with Fats Domino and Professor Longhair.

Jean Goldkette (John Jean Goldkette) - Died 3-24-1962 in Santa Barbara, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 3-18-1893 in Patras, Greece - Pianist and bandleader - Worked with Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Bix Beiderbecke and Joe Venuti

Emmett Miller - Died 3-29-1962 ( Vaudeville - Country ) Born 2-2-1900 in Macon, GA, U.S. (He did,"Lovesick Blues" and "You're The Cream In My Coffee") He was the leader of Emmett Miller With His Georgia Crackers - Worked with Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Jack Teagarden, Hoagy Carmichael and Gene Krupa.

Barrelhouse Buck (Thomas McFarland) - Died 4-?-1962 ( Blues ) Born 9-16-1903 in Alton, IL, U.S. - Pianist - (He did, "Mary, Ain't I Been One Good Man To You" and "I'm Going To Write You A Letter") - Worked with Peetie Wheatstraw and Wesley Wallace.

Stuart Sutcliffe (Stuart Fergusson Victor Sutcliffe) - Died 4-10-1962 - Cerebral Paralysis ( Rock ) Born 6-23-1940 in Edinburgh, Scotland - Was a bass player for The Beatles .

John Graas (John J. Graas) - Died 4-16-1962 - Heart attack ( Jazz - Classical ) Born 10-14-1924 in Dubuque, IA - Played the French horn - Was a member of The Claude Thornhill Orchestra and Stan Kenton's Innovations Orchestra - Worked with Shorty Rogers and Tex Beneke.

Eddie South - Died 4-25-1962 in Chicago, IL, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-27-1904 in Louisiana, MO, U.S. - Played violin - Worked with Milt Hinton, Django Reinhardt, Benny Carter and Billy Taylor.

Antonio Verdes Sanchez ( Antonio de la Villa Verdez Sanchez) - Died 5-5-1962 in El Paso, Texas, U.S. - Throat cancer ( Rock ) He was 22 years old - Singer - Was a member of Los Locos del Ritmo.

Donald Lambert (aka The Lamb) - The Jersey Rocket - Died 5-8-1962 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Stroke ( Jazz ) Born 1904 in Princeton, NJ, U.S. - Pianist - Considered to be one of the great stride pianists.

Gene Dennis - Died 5-8-1962 ( Blues ) Born 1-30-1920 in Mt. Pleasant, TX, U.S. - Sang and played harmonica - Worked with Homesick James, Blind Jesse Williams, Bill Ace, Floyd Jones, Sunnyland Charles, The Soul Stirrers and Kansas City Red.

Fiddlin Charlie Bowman (aka Tenn-O-See Charlie and Fox Hunt Charlie) (Charles Thomas Bowman) - Died 5-20-1962 ( Old Time Music ) Born 7-30-1889 in Gray Station, TN, U.S. - Played fiddle and banjo - (He did, "Reece Rag" and "East Tennessee Blues") - Was a member of The Bowman Brothers Band and The Southern Mountaineers - Worked with The Hill Billies, Al Hopkins And The Buckle Busters, The Blue Sky Boys, The Rice Brothers And Their Gang and The Blue Ridge Ramblers - Old Time Fiddlers Hall Of Fame inductee.

Cameron Hill (Maurice Cameron Hill) - Died 6-22-1962 in Houston, TX, U.S. ( Western Swing ) Born 2-7-1919 in Rusk, TX, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - Worked with The Vance Brothers, The Night Riders, The Texas Wanderers, The Village Boys, Dickie Jones And The Skyliners, Roy Rogers, The Texas Sundowners and Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys - Was married to singer Becky Barfield.

Noel Widerberg - Died 7-7-1962 - Car accident ( Rock ) Was the original lead singer for The Delltones (They did,"Get A little Dirt On Your Hands" and "Come A little Bit Closer").

Maceo Pinkard - Died 7-21-1962 in New York, NY, U.S. - Born 6-27-1897 in Bluefield, WV, U.S. - Pianist and songwriter - (Co-wrote, "Sweet Georgia Brown" and "Gimme A Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh?") - He wrote and produced Broadway's, Liza - Founded the music publishing company Pinkard Publications -  Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Happy Jack (Jack Taylor) - Died 8-4-1962 ( Country ) Born 12-7-1901 in Summershade, KY, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of The Kentucky Ramblers who became The Prarie Ramblers who backed Patsy Montana ("I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart") and The Sweet Violet Boys ("There's A Man Who Comes To Our House Every Single Day (Poppa Comes Home And The Man Goes Away)").
 

Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jean Baker) - Died 8-5-1962 - Overdose of sleeping pills ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 1926 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Actress and singer - (She recorded, "I Wanna Be Loved By You" and "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend").

Ernest Ka'ai (Ernest Kaleihoku Ka'ai) - Father of the Ukulele - Died 9-?-1962 in Miami, FL, U.S. ( Hawaiian ) Born 1-7-1881 - Played ukulele, mandolin and guitar - Owned and ran the Kaai Ukulele Manufacturing Company and wrote the book, The Ukulele, A Hawaiian Guitar And How To Play It - Ukulele Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Tex Owens (Doie Hensley Owens) - Died 9-9-1962 in New Baden, TX, U.S. ( Country ) Born 6-15-1892 in Killeen, TX, U.S. - Songwriter and singer - (He wrote, "Cattle Call" and "Porcupine Serenade") - Was a member of The Texas Rangers - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Curley Weaver (Curley James Weaver) (aka Slim Gordon) - the Georgia Guitar Wizard - Died 9-20-1962 in Almon, GA, U.S. - Uremia ( Blues ) Born 3-26-1906 in Covington, Georgia, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Barbecue Bob, Buddy Moss and Blind Willie McTell.

Karl Farr (Karl Marx Farr Sr.) - Died 9-20-1961 in West Springfield, MA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 4-25-1909 in Rochelle, TX, U.S. - Played guitar, mandolin and banjo - Was half of the duo, Hugh And Karl Farr - Worked with The Sons Of The Pioneers and  Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee and Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ann Cook - Died 9-29-1962 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 5-10-1903 in St. Francisville, Louisiana, U.S. - (She did, "Mamma Cookie's Blues").

Johnny Stein (John Philip Hountha) - Died 9-30-1962 ( Jazz ) Born 6-15-1891 - Drummer - Worked with Eddie Edwards, Harry Ragas, Alcide "Yellow" Nunez and Nick LaRocca.

Scrapper Blackwell (Francis Hillman Blackwell) - Died 10-7-1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. - Shot during a mugging ( Blues ) Born 2-21-1903 in Syracuse, North Carolina, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did,"Blues Before Sunrise" and "The Truth About The Thing") - Worked with Leroy Carr.

Solomon Linda (Solomon Linda Ntsele) - Died 10-8-1962 ( Composer ) (He wrote, "Mbube" which was later adapted for "Wimoweh" and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight") - He was the leader of The Evening Birds.

Henry "Rubberlegs" Williams - Died 10-17-1962 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 7-14-1907 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. (He recorded,"Bring It On Home" and "Deep Sea Blues").

Monette Moore - Died 10-21-1962 - Emphysema ( Blues ) Born 5-19-1902 in Gainesville, Texas, U.S. (Recorded,"Show Girl Blues" and "Treated Wrong Blues") She worked with Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten (They did,"You Ain't The One" and "Don't You Leave Me Here").

J.D. Short (aka Jelly Jaw Short) - Died 10-21-1962 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 12-26-1902 in Port Gibson, Mississippi, U.S. - Sang and played piano, guitar and harmonica - (Recorded, "Lonesome Swamp Rattlesnake" and "You're Tempting Me").

Leon Chappel (Horace Leon Chappelear) - Died 10-23-1962 in Gladewater, TX, U.S. - Shot himself ( Western Swing ) Born 8-1-1909 in Gilmer, TX, U.S. - Was a member of The Lone Star Cowboys (They did, "Deep Elem Blues" and "Just Because") and The Lone Star Ramblers - Worked with Jimmie Davis.

Rene Ferrer Enríquez - Died 10-24-1962 in Mexico - Beaten by police ( Rock ) Born 3-3-1940 in Mexico - Singer and composer - (He did, "Vuelve Primavera") - Was a member of Los Blue Caps, Los Salvajes and Los Play Boys.

Ronnie Smith - Died - 10-25-1962 - Hung himself ( Rock & Roll ) Replaced Buddy Holly for the remainder of the 1959 tour after Buddy Holly died.

Paul Lingle - Died 10-30-1962 ( Jazz ) Born 12-3-1902 in Denver, CO, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Al Jolson and Al Zohn.

Rudy Toombs (Rudolph Toombs) - Died 11-28-1962 in Harlem, New York, NY, U.S. - Killed in the hall of his apartment building by robbers - Born 1914 in Monroe, LA, U.S. - Songwriter - (He wrote, "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" and "Nip Sip") - His songs have been recorded by The Five Keys, Joe Turner, Little Willie John, John Lee Hooker, The Crew-Cuts, Amos Milburn, Ray Charles, George Thorogood, Ruth Brown and The Clovers.

Mercy Dee Walton - Died 12-2-1962 in Murphy, CA, U.S. - Cerebral hemorrhage ( Blues ) Born 8-3-1915 in Waco, Texas, U.S. (Recorded,"One Room Country Shack" and "Call The Asylum").

Harry Barris - Died 12-13-1962 in Burbank, CA, U.S. ( Swing ) Born 11-24-1905 in New York, NY, U.S. - Singer (He wrote,"I Surrender Dear" and "Mississippi Mud") Worked with The Rhythm Boys, Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman, Bing Crosby and his wife, vocalist Loyce Whiteman.

Harry Carroll - Died 12-26-1962 in Mt. Carmel, PA, U.S. - Born 11-28-1892 in Atlantic City, NJ, U.S. - Pianist abd composer - (He co- wrote, "Im Always Chasing Rainbows" and "By The Beautiful Sea") - Worked with his wife singer, Anna Wheaton - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Blind Roosevelt Graves - Died 12-30-1962 in Summerland, MS, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 12-9-1909 in Meridian, MS, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - He was half of the duo, Blind Roosevelt Graves And Brother (They did, "Guitar Boogie" and "I'll Be Rested") - Was a member of The Mississippi Jook Band (They did, "Barbecue Bust" and "Skippy Whippy").

1963

Addison Farmer - Died 1963 ( Be-Bop ) Bassist - Worked with Teddy Edwards - Twin brother of Art Farmer.

Susie Hawthorne - Died 1963 ( Jazz - Vaudeville ) Born 1896 - Singer - Was half of the duo, Butterbeans & Susie (They did, "When My Man Shimmies" and "You Know Why Your Mama Has The Blues") - Worked with Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five.

Ernesto Lecuona - Died 1963 ( Composer ) Born 8-?-1896 in Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba - Pianist - (He wrote, "Maria La O" (Maria My Own), and "Para Vigo Me Voy" ("Say Si Si") -  He led Orquesta Cubana renamed The Lecuona Cuban Boys - Uncle of songwriter, Margarita Lecuona.

Maria Tanase - Died 1963 ( Romanian Folk ) Born 1913 - Singer - (She did, "Doda, doda" and "Marioara").

James West - Died 1963 - Heart attack ( Doo-Wop ) Was a member of The Five Dutones (They did, "Shake A Tail Feather").

Pat McGuire - 1963 - Was a member of The Chimes.

Ronnie Mack - Died 1963 - Hodgkin's disease - Born 1938 -  Songwriter - (Wrote, "He's so fine").

Nat Towles - Died 1-?-1963 in Berkeley, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 8-10-1905 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played violin, guitar and sting bass - Worked with The Creole Harmony Kings, The Seven Black Aces, Ethel Mays, The Original Tuxedo Orchestra, Henry "Red" Allen and Jack Carey - Son of bassist Phil "Charlie" Towles.

John Casimir - Died 1-3-1963 ( Jazz ) Born 10-16-1898 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played clarinet - Was a member of The Young Eagles Brass Band and The Young Tuxedo Brass Band.

Otto Harbach (Otto Hauerbach) - Died 1-24-1963 ( Pop ) Born 8-18-1873 in Salt Lake City, UT, U.S. - Songwriter (He co-wrote,"Cuddle Up A Little Closer" and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes") Worked with Karl Hoschna, Oscar Hammerstein II, George Gershwin and many others - Songwriter's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Felix Slatkin - Died 2-9-1963 ( Orchestra Leader ) Born 1916 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. (He did,"Theme From Sundowners") Worked with Billy Eckstine, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.

Benny More (Bartolome Maximiliano More Benitez) - Died 2-19-1963 in Havana, Cuba ( Afro-Cuban ) Born 8-24-1919 in Santa Isabel de las Lajas, Cuba - Singer (He did, "Que Bueno Baila Usted" and "Bonito Y Sabroso").

Cowboy Copas  (Lloyd Copas) - Died 3-5-1963 in Camden, TN, U.S. - Plane crash ( Country - Honky Tonk ) Born  7-15-1913  in Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.  (He did,"Tragic Romance" and "Alabam").

Hawkshaw Hawkins (Harold Franklin Hawkins) - Died 3-5-1963 in Camden, TN, U.S. - Plane crash ( Country - Honky Tonk ) Born 12-22-1921 in Huntingdon, West Virginia, U.S. (Recorded,"Sunny Side Of The Mountain" and "Slow Poke").

Patsy Cline ( Virginia Patterson Hensley ) - Died 3-5-1963 in Camden, TN, U.S. - Plane crash (Rockabilly - Country - Pop) Born 9-8-1932 in Winchester, Virginia, U.S. (She sang, "I Fall To Pieces" and "Crazy").

Randy Hughes - Died 3-5-1963 - Plane crash ( Manager ) Was the manager for Patsy Cline .

Jack Anglin - Died 3-7-1963 in Madison, TN, U.S. - Car crash on the way to Patsy Cline's funeral ( Country ) Born 5-13-1916 near Columbia, TN, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Was 1/2 of Johnny And Jack (They did, "Poison Love") and one of The Anglin Brothers (They did, "They Are All Going Home But One").

Lizzie Miles (Elizabeth Mary (Landreaux) Pajaud)- Died 3-17-1963 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues - Cabaret - Gospel ) Born 3-31-1895 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - (She did, "State Street Blues") - Was a member of The Bob Scobey Band - Worked with King Oliver, Kid Ory, and Bunk Johnson - Half sister of singer, Edna Hicks.

Jimmy Donley (James Kenneth Donley) - Died 3-20-1963 in Long Beach, MS, U.S. - Suicide ( Swamp Pop ) Born 8-17-1929 in Gulfport, MS, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and musician - (He did, "The Shape You left Me In" and "Forever Lillie Mae") - His songs have been recorded by Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Ruby Agnes Owens (aka Texas Ruby) (Ruby Agnes Owens Fox) - Died 3-29-1963 - Mobile home fire ( Country ) Born 6-4-1908 - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Don't Let Your Man Get You Down" and "Ain't Sorry That You Lied") - Worked with Zeke Clements And His Bronco Busters - Wife of fiddler Curly Fox.

Harry Akst - Died 3-31-1963 in Hollywood, CA, U.S. - Born 8-15-1894 in New York, NY, U.S. - Songwriter and pianist - (Wrote, "Home Again Blues" with Irving Berlin and "Dinah" with Sam M. Lewis and Joe Young) - Worked with Nora Bayes - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Eddie Edwards (Edwin Branford Edwards) - Died 4-9-1963 ( Jazz ) Born 5-22-1891 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Trombonist (He co-composed,"Tiger Rag" and "Fidgety Feet")  Was a member of The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (They did,"St. Louis Blues" and "Royal Garden Blues") Worked woth Jimmy Durante - The 1st jazz band to make records.

Herbie Nichols - Died 4-12-1963 in New York, NY, U.S. - Leukemia ( Jazz ) Born 1-3-1919 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist and composer - (He wrote, "Serenade" which became, "Lady Sings The Blues" after it had lyrics added and it became identified with Billie Holiday) - Worked with The Savoy Sultans.

Dad Carter (David Parker Carter) - Died 4-28-1963 ( Gospel ) Born 9-28-1889 in Milltown, KY, U.S. - Singer and mandolin player - Was a member of The Chuck Wagon Gang (They did, "Echoes From The Burning Bush" and "A Beautiful Life") - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

John Rodgers - Died 5-?-1963 - Car accident ( Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of The Roulettes who backed up Adam Faith.

Ted Weems (Wilfred Theodore Weymes) - Died 5-6-1963 ( Jazz ) Born 9-26-1901 in Pitcairn, PA, U.S. - Bandleader, violinist and trombonist (He did,"Piccolo Pete" and "Somebody Stole My Gal") - Worked with Marilyn Maxwell, Red Ingle, Art Jarrett and Perry Como.

Eddy Howard - Died 5-23-1963 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Cerebral hemorrhage ( Pop - Jazz ) Born 9-12-1914 in Woodland CA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He had hits with "Sin" and "To Each His Own") - Sang with Dick Jurgens Orchestra.

Elmore James (Elmore Brooks) (aka Cleanhead and Joe Willie James) - Died 5-24-1963 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 1-27-1918 in Richland, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did,"Dust My Broom" and "Shake Your Money Maker") - Worked with Sonny Boy Williamson II and The Broomdusters -   Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Skinnay Ennis (Edgar Clyde Ennis) - Died 6-3-1963 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Choked on a bone at a restaurant ( Jazz ) Born 8-13-1907 in Salisbury, Rowan County, NC, U.S. - Singer, bandleader and drummer - (He did, "Got A Date With An Angel") - Worked with Hal Kemp.

Bob Scobey (Robert Alexander Scobey) - Died 6-12-1963 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 12-9-1916 in Tucumcari, NM, U.S. - Trumper player - Led Bob Scobey's Frisco Band (They did, "It Ain't No Fault Of Mine" and "Sugar Blues") - Worked with The Yerba Buena Jazz Band, The Frisco Jazz Band and Lizzie Miles.

Ota Cermak - Died 8-21-1963 near Caslav, Czechoslovakia - Car crash ( Pop ) Born 4-10-1919 in Kladno-Krocehlavy, Czechoslovakia - Considered to be the first electric organ player in Czechoslovakia (He wrote, "La Paloma", "Narcis" and "Tatranske Pastorale").

Glen Gray (Glen Gray Knoblauch) - Died 8-23-1963 in Plymouth, MA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-7-1906 in Roanoke, IL, U.S. - Saxophonist - Led The Orange Blossoms Band which was renamed The Casa Loma Orchestra - Was a member of Spike's Jazz Band - Worked with Jean Goldkette and Salvador Camarata.

Jim Denny (James Rae Denney) - Died 8-27-1963 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 2-28-1911 in Buffalo Valley, TN, U.S. - Manager, talent agents, promoter and song publisher - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pete Brown (James Ostend Brown) - Died 9-20-1963 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-9-1906 in Baltimore, MD, U.S. - Played Saxophone and trumpet - Worked with John Kirby and Frankie Newton.

William Eckstein (aka Vi Palmer, The Boy Paderewski and Mr. Fingers)- Died 9-23-1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada ( Ragtime - Jazz ) Born 12-6-1888 in Pointe St-Charles (now Montreal), Quebec, Canada - Pianist and songwriter - (He co-wrote, "Delirious Rag" and "Perpetual Rag") - Was a member of Eckstein's Jazz Orchestra - Worked with Vera Guilaroff - Played for President Theodore Roosevelt - Brother of bandleader, Jack Eckstein - Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Charlie Hicks (aka Charlie Lincoln) - Died 9-28-1963 - Brain hemorrhage in prison ( Blues ) Born 3-11-1900 in Lithonia, Georgia, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Worked with Peg-Leg Howell and his brother, Barbecue Bob.

J. Russel Robinson (Joseph Russel Robinson) - Died 9-30-1963 in Palmdale, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 7-8-1892 in Indianapolis, IN, U.S. - Pianist and composer - (He wrote, "Sapho Rag" and "Eccentric") - Worked with The Original Dixieland Jazz Band, Annette Hanshaw, Lucille Hegamin, Lizzie Miles and Marion Harris.

Edith Piaf (Edith Giovanna Gassion) Sparrow of Paris - Died 10-10-1963 in Plascassier, France - Liver cancer ( Easy Listening - Torch ) Born 12-19-1915 in Paris France - (She did, "L'hymne a l'amour" and "Mon Legionnaire") - She was married to boxer, Marcel Cerdan.

Minor "Ram" Hall - Died 10-16-1963 ( Jazz ) Born 1897 - Drummer - Worked with Louis Armstrong and Kid Ory.

Walter Davis (aka Hooker Joe) - Died 10-22-1963  ( Blues ) Born 3-1-1912 in Grenada, Mississippi, U.S. - (He did, "Ashes In My Whiskey" and "Blue Blues").

Michael Holiday (Norman Milne)- Died 10-29-1963 - Drug overdose - Born 11-26-1928 - Singer .

Lee Gordon - Died 11-?-1963  Born in Coral Gables, Florida, U.S. - Producer, manager and promoter - He ran Leedon Records - Worked with Bill Haley, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and others.

Daddy Stovepipe (Johnny Watson) - Died 11-1-1963 - Bronchopneumonia ( Blues ) Born 4-12-1867 in Mobile, Alabama, U.S.

Joe Gordon (Joseph Henry Gordon) - Died 11-4-1963 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - House fire ( Jazz ) Born 5-15-1928 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with Lionel Hampton, Georgie Auld, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Shelly Manne and Dexter Gordon.

Cousin Herb (Herbert Lester Henson) - Died 11-26-1963 ( Country ) Born 1925 - Played piano - (He did, "Y'all Come") - He was a host for TV's, "Trading Post" which included guests Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ernest Tubb, Merle Haggard, Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Johnny Cash and many others.

Luis Russell (Luis Carl Russell) - Died 12-11-1963 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 8-6-1902 in Careening Cay, Panama - Played piano, violin, guitar and trombone - Led Russell's Hot Six, Lou And His Gingersnaps, Luis Russell And His Burning Eight, The Jungle Town Stompers, and Luis Russell And His Heebie Jeebie Stompers - Worked with  Albert Nicholas, Doc Cooke, Red Allen, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and King Oliver.

Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) - Died 12-14-1963 - Accidental overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol ( Blues - Pop - Country - Jazz - R&B ) Born 8-29-1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S. (Sang,"What A Difference A Day Makes" and "September In The Rain") "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee".

Tom Delaney - Died 12-16-1963 - Hardening of the arteries ( Blues ) Born 9-14-1889 in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. (Did,"Absent Minded Blues" and "Down Home Blues").

Clifford "Grandpappy" Gibson - Died 12-21-1963 - Pulmonary edema ( Blues ) Born 4-17-1901 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. (Recorded,"Bad Luck Dice" and "Hard Headed Blues").

1964

Frank Winchester - Died 1964? - Car accident ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The The Amblers.

Paul Chapman - Died 1964 ( Metal ) Guitarist and singer - Was a member of Lincoln Street Exit (aka XIT).

Joe Haymes - Died 1964 ( Swing ) Born 1908 - Bandleader, arranger and piano player - Was the leader of The Joe Haymes Orchestra - Worked with  Pee Wee Erwin, Sterling Bose and The Merry Macs.

Joe Rock - Died in 1964 - Cancer ( Polka ) He was 54 years old - Drummer - Led Joe Rock And The Ten Pebbles and The Joe Rock Orchestra - Worked with The Herb Lukowski Orchestra - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Jasper Taylor - Died in 1964 in Chicago, IL, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1894 in Texarkana, AR, U.S. - Played drums, xylophone and washboard - Led Jasper Taylor And His State Street Boys (They did, "Stomp Time Blues" and "It Must Be The Blues") - Worked with W.C. Handy, Clarence Williams, Tiny Parham, Clarence Jones, Punch Miller, Natty Dominique, Will Marion Cook, Lil Hardin-Armstrong, Freddie Keppard and Jelly Roll Morton.

Cyril Davies - Died 1-7-1964 - Leukemia ( Rhythm and Blues ) Born 1933 - Was a member of Blues Incorporated and The Cyril Davis All-Stars .

Willie Humphrey Sr. - Died 1-8-1964 ( Jazz ) Born 5-24-1880 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Clarinetist - Worked with The Rabbit Foot Minstrels.

Jack Teagarden (Weldon Leo Teagarden) - Died 1-15-1964 - Heart attack ( Jazz - Swing - Dixieland ) Born 8-29-1905 in Vernon, TX, U.S. - Trombone player (He did,"Basin Sreet Blues" and "Beale Street Blues") Worked with Louis Armstrong,Benny Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael & Earl Hines.

Vera Hall - Died 1-29-1964  ( Blues ) Born 1906 in Livingston, Alabama, U.S.

Willie Bryant - Died 2-9-1964 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 8-30-1908 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Singer (He did,"Blues Around The Clock" and "It's Over Because We're Through") Worked with Bessie Smith, Johnny Russell, Benny Carter, Taft Jordan and Cozy Cole.

Johnny Burke - Died 2-25-1964 in New York, NY, U.S. - Born 10-3-1908 in Antioch, CA, U.S. - Pianist and songwriter - (Co-wrote, "Pennies From Heaven" and "Swinging On A Star") - Collaborated with Jimmy Van Heusen, Harold Spina, Arthur Johnston and Jimmy Monaco - Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee.

Noah Ryder (Noah Francis Ryder) - Died 4-17-1964 in Norfolk, VA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-10-1914 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Conductor, pianist and educator - Was a member of The Deep River Boys (They did, "My Castle On The Nile" and "Dreamstreet").

Lawrence Wright (aka Horatio Nicholls) - Died 5-19-1964 in London, England ( Songwriter - Publisher ) Born 2-15-1888 in  Leicester, England - Played violin, banjo and piano - (He co-wrote, "Among My Souvenirs" and "That Old Fashioned Mother Of Mine") - Worked with Worton David, Edgar Leslie, Jean Frederick and Joe Gilbert.

Rudy Lewis - Died 5-20-1964 - Asphyxiation ( R&B ) Born 8-23-1936 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S.  Was a singer for The Drifters (They sang, "Up On The Roof").

Milos Bergl - Died 5-27-1964 in Marianske Lazne, Czechoslovakia ( Jazz ) Born 10-24-1931 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Organ player and publicist.

Shelly Lee Alley - Died 6-1-1964 ( Western Swing ) Born 7-6-1894 Alleyton, TX, U.S. - Led Shelley Lee Alley And His Alley Cats (They did, " Beer Joint Blues" and " You've Got Me Worried Now") - Western Swing Society Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Meade Lux Lewis (Meade Anderson Lewis) - Died 6-7-1964 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. - Car accident ( Boogie Woogie ) Born 9-3 or 4 or 13-1905 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Pianist - (He recorded,"Honky Tonk Train Blues") - Worked with Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson.

Alton Delmore - Died 6-8-1964 in Huntsville, AL, U.S. ( Country ) Born 12-25-1908 in Elkmont, AL, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Was one of The Delmore Brothers (They did, "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar" and "Blues Stay Away from Me") - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ace Harris - Died 6-11-1964 ( Jazz - Blues ) Singer and pianist - Worked with Erskine Hawkins and Blind John Davis.

Eric Dolphy - Died 6-29-1964 - Heart attack or diabetes ( Jazz ) Born 6-20-1928 - Played alto sax, bass clarinet and flute - Worked with Charlie Mingus and John Coltrane.

Teddy Napoleon - Died 7-4-1964 ( Jazz ) Born 1-23-1914 - Pianist - Worked with Johnny Messner, Gene Krupa and Charlie Ventura.

Jim Reeves ( James Travis Reeves ) - Died 7-31-1964 - The plane he was flying crashed ( Pop Balladeer - Country ) Born 1923 in Galloway, Texas, U.S. - (He recorded, "He'll Have To Go" and "I Love You Because").

Dean Manuel - Died 7-31-1964 - Plane crash, piloted by Jim Reeves ( Manager ) Born 1934 - Managed Jim Reeves - Worked with Floyd Cramer, Patsy Cline and others.

Tooter Boatman (William McCon Boatman Jr.) - Died 8-1-1964 in Clear Lake, LA, U.S. - Road accident ( Rock ) Born 5-30-1936 in Mineral Wells, TX, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "The Will Of Love") - Was a member of The Chaparrals.

Johnny Burnette - Died 8-14-1964 in Clear Lake, CA, U.S. - Drowned because of a boating accident ( Rockabilly - Pop) Born 3-28-1934 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Was a member of The Rock n' Roll Trio (They recorded, "Train Kept A-Rollin'" and "You're Sixteen") - Father of Rocky Burnett.

Albert Jiles - Died 9-3-1964 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-7-1905 in Thibodaux, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Chris Kelly, Papa Celestin, Kid Clayton, Wooden Joe Nicholas, Paul Barnes and Lawrence Toca - Nephew of drummer, Clay Jiles.

Bo Carter (Armenter Chatmon) - Died 9-21-1964 Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Brain hemorrhage ( Blues ) Born 3-21-1893 in Bolton, Mississippi, U.S. - Guitarist, violinist and singer - (He recorded, "Corrine Corrina", "Please Warm My Weiner" and "Sitting On Top Of The World") - Brother of musicians, Lonnie Chatmon and Sam Chatmon.

Harpo Marx (Adolph Arthur Marx) in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Died 9-28-1964 - Following heart surgery ( Pop ) Born 11-23-1888 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Played the harp and The loom (He did,"Harp Woogie", "Swanee River" and "Tea For Two") - Was one of The Marx Brothers and a member of The Four Nightingales.

Nick Travis - Died 10-7-1964 in New York, NY, U.S. - Ulcers ( Jazz ) Born 11-16-1925 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Trumpeter - Worked with Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Ina Ray Hutton and Thelonious Monk.

Conrad Gozzo (Conrad Joseph Gozzo) - Died 10-8-1964 in Burbank, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 2-6-1922 in New Britain, CT, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Benny Goodman, Tex Beneke, Red Norvo, Isham Jones and and Claude Thornhill.

Russ Case - Died 10-10-1964 ( Pop - Lounge - Jazz ) Worked with Frankie Trumbauer, Benny Goodman and The Boswell Sisters.

Cole Porter (Cole Albert Porter) - Died 10-15-1964 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - After kidney surgery - Born 6-9-1891 in Peru, IN, U.S. - Pianist and songwriter - (He wrote, "I Get A Kick Out Of You" and "Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)") -  Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

David Box (Harold David Box)  - Died 10-23-1964 - Plane crash ( Rock ) Born 8-11-1943 in Sulphur Springs, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He recorded, "Do The Best I Can") - He was a member of The Ravens (They did, "Ting A Ling" and "Don't Cha Know"), a singer for The Crickets and worked with Buddy And The Kings.

Buddy Groves - Died 10-23-1964 - Plane crash ( Rock ) Was a vocalist  and guitarist for Buddy And The Kings.

Carl Banks - Died 10-23-1964 - Plane crash ( Rock ) Was a bassist  for Buddy And The Kings.

Bill Daniels  - Died 10-23-1964 - Plane crash ( Rock ) Was the drummer for Buddy And The Kings.

Sonley Roush - Died 10-23-1964 near Kenton, Ohio, U.S. - Head on car crash after falling asleep at the wheel - Producer - He worked with J. Frank And The Cavaliers (They did, "Last Kiss").

John Henry Barbee - Died 11-3-1964 - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 11-14-1905 in Henning, Tennessee, U.S. - (He did, "No Pickin' No Pullin'" and "God Knows I Can't Help It").

Dave McCarn - Died 11-7-1964 ( Folk ) Born 1905 in Gaston County, NC, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "Cotton Mill Colic" and "Mountain Gal").

Joe Henderson (Joe A. Henderson) - Died 11-7-1964 in Nashville, TN, U.S - Heart failure ( R&B - Gospel ) Born 1937 in Como, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guiarist - (He did, "Snap Your Fingers" and "You Take One Step (I'll Take Two)") - Worked with The Fairfield Four.

Albert Hay Malotte - Died 11-16-1964 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Pneumonia - Born 5-19-1895 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Keyboardist and composer - He wrote uncredited music for films for Disney's, Silly Symphonies, Little Hiawatha and Ferdinand The Bull.

Little Johnny Jones - Died 11-19-1964 - Broncho-pneumonia ( Blues ) Born 11-1-1924 in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S. (He did,"Big Town Playboy" and "Shelby County Blues").

Buster Pickens - Died 11-24-1964 - Shot during an argument in a bar ( Blues ) Born 6-3-1916 in Hempstead, Texas, U.S.

Jack Washington - Died 11-28-1964 ( Jazz ) Born 7-17-1910 - Saxophonist - Worked with Bennie Moten, Count Basie and Paul Banks.

Sam H. Stept - Died 12-1-1964 ( Pop ) Born 9-18-1897 in Odessa, Russia - Composer and pianist (He wrote,"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree" and "Comes Love") Worked with Ann Chandler, Bud Green, Mae West and Jack Norworth.

Brian Talbot - Died 12-5-1964 - Tour bus accident - Was the drummer for Tony Rivers And The Castaways.

Sam Cooke(Samuel Cook)(also recorded as Dale Cooke)- Died 12-11-1964 - One disputed story says he was shot and clubbed to death by a motel managerette after breaking into her office looking for a woman who escaped from his motel room that he had forcefully brought there ( Soul - R&B ) Born 1-22-31 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, U.S.  (Recorded, "You Send Me" and "Bring It On Home to Me") Was a member of The Soul Stirrers - "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee".

1965

Red Ingle (Ernest Jansen Ingle) - Died 1965 - Internal hemorrhage ( Jazz - Pop - Comedy ) Born 11-7-1906 in Toledo, Ohio, U.S. - He was the leader of Red Ingle And His Natural Seven (They did,"Cigareetes, Whuskey, And Wild, Wild Women" and "Them Durn Fool Things") Worked with Spike Jones (They did,"You Always Hurt the One You Love" and "Glow Worm"), Al Amato, The Jean Goldkette Orchestra and Ted Weems (They did,"Jelly Bean" and "Tain't So").

Caterinetta Lescano (Kitty Leschan) - Died in 1965 in Caracas, Venezuela - Born 1919 in The Hague, The Netherlands - Singer - Was a member of Trio Lescano (They did, "Ma le gambe" and "La famiglia canterina").

Ed Sturgill (John Sturgill) - Died 1965 - Played banjo and sang - (He did, "31 Depression Blues" and "Come My Little Pink").

Tom Blessing (aka Tom Thumb) - Died 1965 - Car crash on the way to a gig ( Rock ) Played saxophone and guitar - Was a member of The Notions, The Newports and Tom Thumb & The Casuals (They did, "Movin' On").

Larry Evans  - Died 1965 - Car crash on the way to a gig ( Rock ) Played bass - Was a member of The Valiants and  Tom Thumb & The Casuals (They did, "Movin' On").

Bill Marcus - Died 1965 ( Jazz ) Played trumpet - Worked with Meyer Davis and Ruby Newman - Was married to jazz pianist Marie Marcus (aka Marie Doherty).

Cuban Bennett (Theodore Bennett) - Died 1965 ( Jazz ) Born 1902 - Played trumpet - He was never recorded - Cousin of Benny Carter.

Terry Thompson - Died 1965 ( R&B ) Born 1941 (He wrote,"A Shot of Rhythm And Blues") He was a guitarist in the Fame rhythm section - Worked with Arthur Alexander ("You Better Move On") and Jimmy Hughes ("Steal Away").

Jeanette MacDonald (Jeanette Anna MacDonald) - Died 1-14-1965 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Born 6-18-1903 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Singer and actress  - (She did, "Dream Lover") - She appeared in the musicials, Love Me Tonight and Naughty Marietta - Worked with Maurice Chevalier and Nelson Eddy ("Indian Love Call").

Joe Robichaux (Joseph Robichaux) - Died 1-17-1965 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 3-8-1900 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Pianist - Was the leader of The New Orleans Rhythm Boys -  Worked with Oscar Celestin, Earl Humphrey, Lee Collins, The Black Eagles and Lizzie Miles - Was the nephew of bandleader John Robichaux.

Alan Freed (Albert James Freed) (aka The Moondog) - Died 1-20-1965 in Palm Springs, CA, U.S. - Uremia and liver cirrhosis - Born 12-15-1922 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S. - Played trombone and was a  D.J. - Was a member of The Sultans Of Swing - (Credited with coining the expression, "Rock And Roll") - Radio Hall Of Fame Inductee and  Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

"Papa" John Joseph - Died 1-22-1965 ( Jazz ) Born 11-27-1877 in St. James Parish, LA, U.S. - Worked with Kid Ory, The Original Tuxedo Orchestra, and The Claiborne Williams Band.

Arthur Schutt - Died 1-28-1965 ( Jazz ) Born 11-21-1902 - Pianist - Worked with Paul Specht, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, Frankie Trumbauer, Bud Freeman, and Bix Beiderbecke.

Nat King Cole (Nathaniel Adams Coles) - Died 2-15-1965 - Lung cancer ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 3-17-1919  in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. (He sang,"Mona Lisa" and "Unforgettable")  Father of singer, Natalie Cole - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Billy Kyle - Died 2-23-1966 ( Jazz ) Born 7-14-1914 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Tiny Bradshaw, The John Kirby Sextet, Louis Armstrong and Lucky Millinder.

Vaclav Hrabe - Died 3-5-1965 in Prague, Czechoslovakia Accidental  carbon monoxide poisoning ( Jazz - Beatnik ) Born 6-13-1940 in Lochovice, Czechoslovakia (at the time Bohemia-Moravian Protectorat) - Tenor sax player and a poet - His lyrics were later adapted by rock musicians (He wrote, "Variace Na Renesancni Tema").

Tadd Dameron (Tadley Ewing Peake Dameron) - Died 3-8-1965 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 2-21-1917 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Pianist, composer and arranger - (He wrote, "Our Delight" and "Embraceable You") - Worked with Blanche Calloway, Three Bips And A Bop - Wrote and/or arranged for Sarah Vaughan, Bull Moose Jackson, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and others.

Fraser Calder - Died 3-12-1965 - Van crash after a gig ( Blues Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The Blues Council (They did,"Baby Don't Look Down" and "What Will I Do")

James Giffen - Died 3-12-1965 - Van crash after a gig ( Blues Rock ) Bassist - Was a member of The Blues Council (They did, "Baby Don't Look Down" and "What Will I Do").

Frank Stamps (Frank Howard Stamps) - Died 4-?-1965 ( Gospel ) Born 10-7-1896 in Upshur County, TX, U.S. - Singer - Led The Frank Stamps Quartet (They did, "Give The World A Smile") and The Frank Stamps All-Stars - Brother of composer, V. O. StampsGospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Charles Vaughan - Died 4-?-1965 - Born 1-19-1875 - Singer - (He wrote, "He Knows How") - Was a member of The Vaughan Quartet - Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Spike Jones (Lindley Jones) - Died 5-1-1965 - Emphysema  (Pop - Novelty) Born 12-14-1911 in Long Beach, California, U.S. - Was the leader of Spike Jones And His City Slickers (They did, "William Tell Overture", "Der Fuhrer's Face" and "All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth").

Todd Rhodes (Todd Washington Rhodes) - Died 6-4-1965 ( Jazz - R&B ) Born 8-31-1900 in Hopkinsville, KY, U.S. - Pianist - Was a member of McKinney's Cotton Pickers (They did,"Put It There") and Todd Rhodes And His Toddlers (They did,"Your Daddy's Doggin' Around" and "Your Mouth Got a Hole In It") Worked with Hank Ballard, The Chocolate Dandies and Wynonie Harris.

Judy Holliday (Judith Tuvim) - Died 6-7-1965 - Cancer ( Singer - Actress - Comedian ) Born 6-21-1921 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Worked with Gerry Mulligan (They did,"Pass That Peace Pipe" and "The Party's Over") - She was a member of the cabaret troupe The Revuers with Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Ira Louvin (Ira Lonnie Loudermilk)- Died 6-20-1965 in Jefferson City, MO, U.S. - Car crash ( Country - Bluegrass ) Born 4-21-1924 in Rainesville, Alabama - Played mandolin and was a singer and songwriter - Was 1/2 of The Louvin Brothers (They did, "When I Stop Dreaming" and "Cash On The Barrel Head") - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee, Alabama Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Sonny Boy Williamson II ( Aleck "Rice"  Miller ) (aka Willie Williamson) - Died 6-23-1965 - Tuberculosis (Blues) Born 3-11-1908 in Glendora, Mississippi, U.S. - (He recorded, "All My Love In Vain" and "Don't Send Me No Flowers") - Besides his solo work, he also recorded with The Yardbirds and The Animals - Blues Foundation's Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Odoardo Spadaro (Odoardo Eugenio Giano Spadaro) - Died 6-26-1965 in Florence, Italy - Born 1-16-1895 in Florence, Italy - Singer, songwriter and actor - (He did, "Un bacione a Firenze" and "Sulla carrozzella") - He worked with Jean Gabin and Mistinguett at the Moulin Rouge.

Mark Leeman (John Audrey) - Died 6-27-1965 - Car accident ( R&B ) Born 4-24-1941 - Singer - Was a member of The Mark Leeman Five (They did, "Portland Town" and "Gotta Get Myself Together").

Red Nichols (Ernest Loring Nichols) - Died 6-28-1965 ( Jazz - Dixieland ) Born 5-8-1905 in Ogden, Utah, U.S. - Was a member of  Red Nichols And His Five Pennies, The Arkansas Travelers, The Red Heads, The Louisiana Rhythm Kings and The Charleston Chasers.

Claude Thornhill - Died 7-1-1965 ( Jazz ) Born 8-10-1909 in Terre Haute, IN, U.S. - Pianist -  Led The Claude Thornhill Orchestra (They did, "Snowfall" and "Let's Call It A Day") - Worked for Paul Whiteman, Glenn Miller, Ray Noble, Benny Goodman, Maxine Sullivan and Billie Holiday.

Spencer Williams - Died 7-14-1965 in Flushing, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-14-1889 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Composer and pianist - (He composed, "I Ain't Gonna Give Nobody None Of My Jelly Roll" and "Shim-me-sha-wobble") - Worked with Fats Waller ("Squeeze Me"), Benny Carter ("When Lights Are Low"), Lonnie Johnson and Teddy Bunn - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Baptiste Mosely - Died 7-28-1965 ( Jazz ) Born 12-2-1893 in Algiers, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Joe Harris and Kid Rena.

Ward Allan - Died 8-3-1965 - Born 5-11-1924 - (He did, "Maple Sugar").

Freddie Slack (Fredrick Charles Slack)- Died 8-10-1965 ( Boogie Woogie - Jazz ) Born 8-7-1910 in Westby, WI, U.S.  - Pianist - (He did, "Cow Cow Boogie") - Worked with Will Bradley's Orchestra (They did, "Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar", which helped launch boogie-woogie ), Jimmy Dorsey, Ella Mae Morse and Big Joe Turner.

Charles Fizer - Died 8-14-1965 - Shot in the Watts riot ( Doo-Wop ) Born 6-3-1940 - Singer - Was a member of The Olympics (They recorded, "Western Movies" and "The Bounce").

Dorothy Dandridge (Dorothy Jean Dandridge) - Died 9-8-1965 in West Hollywood, CA, U.S. - Overdose of anti-depressants ( Jazz ) Born 11-9-1922 in Cleveland, OH, U.S. - Singer and actress - (She did, "Smooth Operator" and "When Your Lover Has Gone" with The Oscar Peterson Trio) - She was a singer and dancer with her sister Vivian as the duo The Wonder Children and The Dandridge Sisters - Worked with Louis Armstrong - Daughter of actress, Ruby Dandridge.

Harrison Verrett - Died 10-?-1965 ( Jazz ) Born 2-26-1907 - Played guitar and banjo - Worked with Papa Celestin and Kid Ory - Brother in-law of Fats Domino.

Bill Black(William Patton Black Jr.)- Died 10-21-1965 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Died after surgery for a brain tumor ( Rock - Country ) Born 9-17-26 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - (He did, "White Silver Sands") - Played bass for Elvis Presley, Scotty And Bill and The Bill Black Combo - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Edythe Wright - Died on 10-28-1965 in Point Pleasant, NJ, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Swing ) Born 8-16-1916 in Bayonne, NJ, U.S. - Singer - Worked with Frank Dailey and Tommy Dorsey.

Peter LaFarge (Oliver Albee La Farge) - Died 10-27-1965 in New York., N.Y., U.S. - Stroke ( Folk ) Born 4-30-1931 in Fountain, Colorado, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "The Ballad Of Ira Hayes" and "Custer") - Worked with Big Bill Broonzy, Josh White and Cisco Houston - Son of novelist, Oliver La Farge.

Earl Bostic - Died 10-28-1965 in Rochester, NY, U.S. - Heart attack ( R&B - Jazz ) Born 4-25-1913 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S. - Alto saxophonist - (He recorded, "Flamingo" and "Sleep") - Worked with Twelve Clouds of Joy, Hot Lips Page, Charlie Christian, Thelonious Monk, Edgar Hayes, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton.

Clarence Williams - Died 11-6-1965 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 10-8-1893 in Plaquemine, LA, U.S. - Was a pianist, songwriter, producer and publisher - (He co-wrote, "Royal Garden Blues" and "Everybody Loves My Baby) - Worked with Bessie Smith - He was married to singer Eva Taylor - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Louis Black (aka Lew, Lou and Louie) - Died 11-18-1965 in Rock Island, IL, U.S. - Hearty attack ( Jazz ) Born 6-8-1901 in Rock Island, IL, U.S. - Played banjo - Worked with The Friar's Society Orchestra renamed The New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Jelly Roll Morton.

Joseph Falcon - Died 11-19-1965 in Crowley, LA, U.S. ( Cajun ) Born 9-28-1900 in Roberts Cove, Acadia Parish, LA, U.S. - Singer and Accordionist (He recorded, "Lafayette" with his 1st wife Cléoma Breaux and "Le Traces de Mon Boghei" with his 2nd wife Theresa Falcon).

Hank d'Amico - Died 12-3-1965 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-21-1915 in Rochester, NY, U.S. - Played clarinet and saxophone - Worked with Bob Crosby, Red Norvo, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Paul Specht.

Eddie Sulik - Died 12-9-1965 - Car crash ( Rockabilly ) Born in Sagamore, Pennsylvania, U.S. -  Singer and songwriter (He did,"Bounty Hunter Dale" and "Anna Marie")  He was half of the duo The Echoes (They did,"Bye-Bye My Baby" and "Do I Love You") - Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dave Barbour - Died 12-11-1965 in Malibu ( Jazz ) Born 5-28-1912 in Long Island - Guitarist, banjoist and songwriter - Led Dave Barbour And His Orchestra (They did, "Mambo Jambo") - Worked with Adrian Rollini, Red Norvo, Artie Shaw, Lennie Hayton, Charlie Barnet, Raymond Scott, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman and Wingy Manone - He had been married to singer, Peggy Lee (They wrote, "Manana" and "It's A Good Day").

Rafael Hernandez (Rafael Hernandez Marin) - Died 12-11-1965 in San Juan, Puerto Rico - Born 10-24-1892 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico - Played clarinet, tuba, violin, piano and guitar - (He wrote, "Preciosa" and "Lamento borincano) - Worked with The Cocolia Orquestra, James Reese Europe, Trio Borincano, Cuarteto Victoria and Manuel Tizol.

Charlie "Uke" Burse - Died 12-20-1965 - Heart disease ( Blues ) Born 8-25-1901in Decatur, Alabama, U.S. - (He recorded, "Brand New Day Blues" and "Too Much Beef").

1966

Leroy Griffin (not the 2nd Leroy Griffin of the group who later became Leroy Gomez) - Died 1966 - Fell or was pushed into a furnace ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Born 4-5-1934 in CT, U.S. - Was the lead singer for The Nutmegs (They did, "Story Untold" and "Ship Of Love").

Russell Smith - Died 1966 ( Jazz ) Born 1890 - Trumpeter - Worked with Henry "Red" Allen, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, James Reese and Fletcher Henderson.

Henry Booth - Died 1966 - Shoth ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Born 3-7-1934 in Alabama, U.S. - Was a tenor singer for The Royals and Midnighters.

Charlie Stripling (Charles Melvin Stripling) - Died 1-19-1966 ( Country ) Born 8-8-1896 in Pickens County, AL, U.S.  - Played the fiddle - Was a member of The Stripling Brothers (They did, "Weeping Willow" and "Dance All Night With A Bottle In My Hand").

Sophie Tucker (Sonia Kalish) - Died 2-9-1966 - Lung cancer ( Jazz - Pop - Vaudeville ) Born 1-13-1884 in Tsarist Russia - Singer, pianist and comedian - (She did, "Some Of These Days" and "My Yiddishe Momme") - Worked with Ted Shapiro.

Osie Johnson (James Johnson) - Died 2-10-1966 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 1-11-1923 in Washington, D.C., U.S. - Drummer - Played for  Sabby Lewis, Clark Terry, Earl Hines, Dorothy Donegan, Coleman Hawkins, Dinah Washington ("Fool That I Am"), Wes Montgomery, Tony Scott,  Sonny Stittand and Illinois Jacquet.

Billy Rose (William Samuel Rosenberg) - Died 2-10-1966 in Montego Bay, Jamica - Pneumonia - Born 9-6-1899 in The Bronx, New York, NY, U.S. - Composer - (He co-worte, "Barney Google" and "Does The Spearmint Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?") - At one time married to singer, actress, Fanny Brice - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Mike Millward - Died 3-?-1966  - Leukemia ( Rock ) Born 5-9-1942 in Bromborough, England - Vocalist and rhythm guitarist  for The Fourmost (They did, "Everything In The Garden" and "Auntie Maggie's Remedy") - The Fourmost were also known as The Four Jays and The Four Mosts.

Henry Stuckey - Died 3-9-1966 in Jackson, MS, U.S. - Cancer ( Country Blues ) Born 4-11-1897 in Bentonia, Mississippi, U.S. - Played guitar - Originator of the Bentonia style of Blues.

Slim Rhodes (Ethmer Cletus Rhodes) - Died 3-10-1966 ( Country ) Born 1913 in Pocahontas, AR, U.S. - Led Slim Rhodes And His Mountaineers (They did, "Gonna Romp And Stomp" and "Don't Believe" for Sun Records).

Kid Howard (Avery Howard) - Died 3-28-1966 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Brain hemorrhage ( Jazz ) Born 8-22-1908 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Trumpet player - Worked with The Eureka Brass Band, Sam Morgan, Capt. John Handy, The Tuxedo Brass Band, Allen's Brass Band and The Original Zenith Brass Band .

Bill Gillum - Died 3-29-1966 - Shot during an argument ( Blues ) Born 9-11-1904 in Indianola, Mississippi, U.S. (He did, "Got To Reap What You Sow" and "You're Laughing Now").

Oren A. Parris - Died 4-?-1966 ( Gospel ) Born 12-26-1897 in Jefferson County, AL, U.S. - (He wrote, "When The Home Gates Swing Open" and "A Happy Meeting") - Founded The Parris Music Company -  Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Fred Assunto - Died 4-21-1966 ( Jazz ) Born 12-3-1929 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played trombone - Was a founder of The Dukes Of Dixieland - Brother of trumpeter, Frank Assunto and son of banjo player, Papa Jac Assunto.

Eddie Zima - Died 4-28-1966 ( Polka ) Born 1923 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Played the concertina - (He did, "Circus Polka") - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Richard Farina- Died 4-30-1966 - Motorcycle accident ( Folk ) Born 1937 in New York - Was 1/2 of Richard & Mimi Farina (They did, "Pack Up Your Sorrows" and "Celebration For A Grey Day") - Worked with Judy Collins, Felix Pappalardi, Joe Miller and John Hammond, Jr. .

Wiley Walker (Winston Lee Moore) - Died 5-17-1966 ( Country ) Born 11-17-1911 in Laurel Hill, FL, U.S. - He was half of the duo, Wiley & Gene with Gene Sullivan - (Co-wrote, "Kansas City Blues" and "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again") - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Thelma Terry (Thelma Combes) - The Beautiful Blonde Siren of Syncopation, The Jazz Princess - Died 5-30-1966 - Throat cancer ( Jazz ) Born 9-30-1901 in Bangor, MI, U.S. - Played string bass and was a bandleader - Led Thelma Combes And Her Volcanic Orchestra and Thelma Terry And Her Playboys (They did, "When Sweet Susie Goes Steppin' By" and "Starlight And Tulips").

Calvin "Khaki" Rowlette - Died 6-?-1966 ( Doo-Wop ) Singer - Was a member of The Honey Boys and The Swallows (They did, "Oh Lonesome Me" and "Angel Baby").

Papa Jack Laine - Died 6-1-1966 ( Jazz ) Born 9-21-1873 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Founding member of The Reliance Brass Band.

Johnny St. Cyr - Died 6-17-1966 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 4-17-1890 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played guitar and banjo - Worked with Kid Ory, King Oliver, Doc Cook's Dreamland Orchestra, Jelly Roll Morton, The Young Men From New Orleans and Louis Armstrong.

Slim Willet (Winston Lee Moore) (aka Little ole Slim) - Died 7-1-1966 - Heart failure ( Country ) Born 12-1-1919 at Victor, in Erath County, Texas, U.S. - Guitarist and DJ - (He composed, "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes") - Worked with The Brushcutters ("Hadacol Corners") and The Hired Hands ("Live While You're Young (Dream While You're Old)") - Country DJ Hall Of Fame Inductee, Nashville Song Writer Hall Of Fame Inductee and West Texas Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Pinky Vidacovich (Irving Vidacovich) - Died 7-5-1966 ( Jazz ) Born 10-5-1905 in Buras, LA, U.S. - Played Clarinet and Sax - Worked with The New Orleans Owls (They did, "That's A-Plenty" and "Meat On The Table").

Bobby Fuller (Robert Gaston Fuller) - Died 7-18-1966 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Murdered, asphyxia by forced inhalation of gasoline ( Rock ) Born 10-22-1942 in Baytown, TX, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led The Bobby Fuller Four (They did, "I Fought The Law" and "Let Her Dance").

Bob Horn (Donald Loyd Horn) (aka Robert Horne) - Died 7-31-1966 in Houston, TX, U.S. - Heat stroke induced heart attack  - Born 2-20-1916 in Pine Grove, PA, U.S. - He was the original host for TV's, American Bandstand.

Bud Powell (aka Earl Powell)- Died 7-31-1966 ( Jazz - Bop ) Born 9-27-1924 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist (He recorded,"Dance of the Infidels" and "Hallucinations") Was the leader of The Bud Powell Trio.

R. A. Dvorsky (Rudolf Antonin Dvorsky) - Died 8-2-1966 in Prague, Czechoslovakia ( Swing ) Born 3-24-1899 in Dvur Kralove nad Labem, Austro-Hungary - Singer and composer - Led The Melody Boys (They did, "Rio Rita", "Slunce moje" and "Split")

Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) - Died 8-3-1966 - Heroin overdose ( Comic ) ) Born 10-13-1925 in New York, N.Y., U.S. (He recorded an R&B novelty song, "Werewolf Mama" and many comedy albums) - Legendary satirist and comedian who was a victim of censorship -  Worked with Phil Spector.

Joe Gilbert (Joseph Davis Gilbert) - Died 8-6-1966 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Car accident ( Folk - Gospel ) Born 11-7-1940 in Louisiana, U.S. - Singer - Was half of the duo, Joe And Eddie (They did, "Work Song" and a remake of "Michael, Row The Boat Ashore").

Peg Leg Howell (Joshua Barnes Howell) - Died 8-11-1966 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Chronic nervous disease ( Blues ) Born 3-5-1888 in Eatonton, Georgia, U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He recorded, "New Prison Blues") - Was the leader of Peg Leg Howell And His Gang (They did, "Beaver Slide Rag,").

Dad Speer (George Thomas Speer) - Died 9-7-1966 ( Gospel ) Born 9-22-1891 in Fayette County, GA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He wrote, "Heaven's Jubilee" and "I Never Shall Forget The Day") - Led The Speer Quartet - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Leo Diamond - Died 9-15-1966 ( Pop ) Born 6-29-1915 in New York City, NY, U.S. - Harmonica player - (He did, "Off Shore" and had a hit with, "Melody Of Love") - Was a member of Borrah Minevitch's Harmonica Rascals and the leader of The Harmonaires.

Will Shade (Will Brimmer) - Died 9-18-1966 - Pneumonia ( Blues )  Born 2-5-1898 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Was the leader of The Memphis Jug Band (They did, "Going Back To Memphis" and "Hurry Down Sunshine").

Helen Kane (Helen Schroeder) - The Boop-Boop-A-Doop Girl - Died 9-26-1966 in  Queens, NY, U.S. ( Pop - Scat ) Born 8-4-1903 - Singer and dancer - (She did, "I Wanna Be Loved by You" and "Readin', Ritin', Rhythm") - Worked with The Hamilton Sisters And Fordyce.

Lucky Millinder (Lucius Venable Millinder) - Died 9-29-1966 - Liver problem( Jazz - R&B ) Born 8-8-1900 in Anniston, AL, U.S. (He did, "Slide, Mr. Trombone" and "Shout, Sister, Shout") Was the leader of The Mills Blue Rhythm Band - Worked with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bill Doggett, Dizzy Gillespie and Tab Smith.

Johnny Kidd (Frederick Albert Heath) - Died 10-7-1966 near Bury, Lancashire, England - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 11-23-1935 in London, England - Was the lead vocalist for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates (They did, "Shakin' All Over" and "Please Don't Touch").

Smiley Lewis (Overton Amos Lemons) - Died 10-7-1966 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Stomach cancer ( R&B ) Born 7-5-1913 in DeQuincey, LA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and piano player (Recorded "One Night Of Sin" and the original, "I Hear You Knocking").

Harry C. McAuliffe (aka Big Slim The Lone Cowboy) - Died 10-13-1966 ( Country ) Born 5-9-1903 in Bluefield, WV, U.S.

Alma Cogan - Died 10-26-1966 - Stomach cancer ( Pop ) Born 5-19-1932 in Worthing, England (She did, "Dreamboat" and "Sugartime").

Jessie Mae Robinson - Died 10-26-1966 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 10-1-1919 in Call, TX, U.S. - Singer, pianist and songwriter - Her songs have been recorded by Dinah Washington ("Pacific Coast Blues"), Louis Jordan ("Blue Light Boogie"), Damita Jo, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson ("Old Maid Boogie"), Pattie Page, Little Esther ("Double Crossin' Blues"), T-Bone Walker ("Cold Cold Feeling"), Dinah Shore, Charles Brown ("Seven Long Days"), Amos Milburn ("Tears,Tears, Tears"), Bing Crosby and B.B. King ("Sneakin' Around").

Wellman Braud - Died 10-27-1966 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 1-25-1891 in St. James Parish, LA, U.S. - String bassist - Worked with Duke Ellington, Charlie Elgar, Jimmie Noone, Jelly Roll Morton, Kid Ory and Sidney Bechet.

Glenn Hughes - Died 10-28-1966 in Shepherd's Bush, London, England - House fire ( Rock ) Born 1942 - Saxophonist - Worked with Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames, Rick Laird's Trio, Brian Auger, Jet Harris and Tony Meehan.

Mississippi John Hurt - Died 11-2-1966 - Heart attack ( Blues - Folk ) Born 7-3-1893 in Teoc, Mississippi, U.S. (He did, "Ain't No Tellin'" ).

Washboard Sam (Robert Brown) - Died 11-6-1966 - Heart disease (Blues) Born 7-15-1910 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, U.S. - Singer and washboard player - (He did, "Mama Don't Allow" and "Diggin' My Potatoes") - Worked with with Sleepy John Estes, Hammie Nixon, Memphis Slim, Tampa Red and Lester Melrose - Reputed to be the half brother of Big Bill Broonzy.

Shorty Baker (Harold J. Baker) - Died 11-8-1966 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 5-26-1914 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Played trumpet - Worked with Fate Marable, Teddy Wilson, Erskine Tate, Johnny Hodges, Don Redman, Andy Kirk and Duke Ellington - Was married to pianist Mary Lou Williams.

Harold Burrage (Harold Edwin Burrage) - Died 11-25-1966 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Heart attack ( R&B ) Born 3-30-1931 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Pianist and singer - (He had hits with, "Got To Find A Way" and "How To Fix Your Mouth") - Worked with Otis Rush, Wayne Bennett, Willie Dixon and Jody Williams.

Anna Vadnal - Died 12-?-1966 ( Polka ) Born 7-10-1897 - Singer and pianist - Was a member of The Vadnal Quartet - Worked with The Jadran Singing Society -  National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Carter Stanley - Died 12-1-1966 in Bristol, VA, U.S. - Cirrhosis of the liver ( Bluegrass ) Born 8-17-1925 in McClure, VA, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - Was one of The Stanley Brothers - International Bluegrass Music Hall Of Honor Inductee.

Charles Weigle (Charles Frederick Weigle) - Died 12-3-1966 in Chattanooga, TN, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 11-20-1871 in LaFayette, IN, U.S. - Songwriter and pianist - (Wrote, "No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus") - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Kui Lee (Kuiokalani Lee) - Died 12-3-1966 in Tijuana, Mexico - Cancer ( Hawaiian ) Born 7-31-1932 in Shanghai, China - Singer, songwriter and guitarist - (He did, "I Remember You" and "One Paddle, Two Paddle") - He was married to singer, Nani Lee Meadows.

Richard Himber (Herbert Richard Imber) (aka Dick Himber) - Died 12-11-1966 in New York, NY, U.S.- Heart attack during a concert ( Big Band ) Born 2-20-1900 in Newark, NJ, U.S. - Bandleader, composer and violinist - (He did, "It Isn't Fair") - Worked with The Five Kings Of Syncopation, Benny Goodman, Joey Nash, Artie Shaw, Stuart Allen and Tommy Dorsey - At one time married to model, Nina McDougall.

1967

Alan Avick - Died 1967 - Leukemia ( Rock ) Was a Guitarist for First Crow To The Moon and The Bootleggers - Worked with Chris Stein.

Frans Kroon - Died 1967 - Car accident ( Rock ) Drummer - Worked with The Hamlets (They did, "Looking In Your Eyes" and "It's Autumn").

Mom Speer (Lena Brock) Died 1967 - Illness ( Gospel ) Born 1900 - Singer - Was a member of The Speer Quartet and The Singing Speer Family (They did, "Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All" and "Won't We Be So Happy") - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Doc Lausche (Dr. William J. Lausche) - Died 1967 ( Polka ) Born 1898 - Composer, producer, arranger and pianist - (Wrote, "Cleveland The Polka Town" and "Bluebonnet Polka") - Founded The Dental Orchestra Of Cleveland - Worked with Charles Magnante - National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Albert Augustine - Died 1967 ( Guitar Maker ) He and his wife Rose developed the nylon guitar string.

Russ Morrow (aka Soupy) - Died 1967 - Motorcycle accident  ( Rock ) Drummer - Was a member of The Doves who changed their name to The Deepest Blue (They did, "Pretty Little Thing" and "Somebody's Girl").

Randy Brooks - Died 1967 - In a fire ( Jazz ) Played trumpet and was a band leader - Was the leader of Randy Brooks And His Orchestra (They did, "Tenderly" and "The Man With The Horn") - Worked with Rudy Vallee, Les Brown and Art Jarrett - He was married to singer Ina Ray Hutton

Vern Wray Jr. - Died 1967 ( Rock ) Was the leader of The Junior Raymen - Son of Vern Wray Sr. of Link Wray And The Raymen.

Stewart Crunk - Died 1967 - Asthma ( Doo-Wop ) Was a member of  The Calvanes.

Gerald Hamilton - Died 1967 - Was a member of The Crows (They recorded, "Gee") Born 1934.

Ty Brian - Died 1967 - Complications from an appendicitis operation ( Rock ) Born 1941 - Bassist and singer - Was a member of Rory Storm And The Hurricanes (They did, "Dr Feelgood" and "Since You Broke My Heart").

George Treadwell - Died 1967 - He managed The Drifters.

Rockin Robin Roberts - Died 1967 - Car accident ( Rock ) Born 1940 - Lead singer for The Wailers (They did, "Out of Our Tree" and an early version of,"Louie Louie").

Phil Crowther - Died 1967 - Choked ( Rock ) Was a member of The Ramrods.

Moon Mullican (Aubrey Mullican) - The King Of The Hillbilly Piano Players - Died 1-1-1967 in Beaumont, TX, U.S. ( Country ) Born 3-27-1909 in Corrigan, Texas, U.S. - Singer, songwriter and pianist - (He did, "New Jole Blon" and "I'll Sail My Ship Alone") - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Luigi Tenco - Died 1-27-1967 in Sanremo, Imperia, Italy - Shot himself? ( World ) Born 3-21-1938 in Cassine near Alessandria, Piemonte, Italy - (He did, "Ciao Amore Ciao" and "Quando") - Worked with Dalida.

Joe Meek ( Robert George Meek ) - Died 2-3-1967 - Shot himself in a recording studio after killing his  landlady (Record Producer ) Born 4-5-1929 in Newent, England (Produced, The Tornados' "Telstar", "Ridin' The Wind" and many other unusual records).

Edmond Hall - Died 2-11-1967 - Heart attack after shovelling snow ( Jazz ) Born 5-15-1901 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played clarinet - Worked with Lee Collins, Chris Kelly, Jack Carey, Buddy Petit, Kid Thomas, Lucky Millinder, Henry "Red" Allen, Zutty Singleton, Teddy Wilson, Eddie Condon, Joe Sullivan and Louis Armstrong.

Muggsy Spanier (Francis Joseph Spanier) - Died 2-12-1967 in Sausalito, CA, U.S. ( Jazz - Dixieland ) Born 11-9-1906 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Worked with Elmer Schoebel, Ted Lewis and Earl Hines.

G.L. Crockett (George Crockett) - Died 2-15-1967 ( Blues ) Born 9-18-1928 in Carrollton, MS, U.S. - (He did, "Look Out Mabel" and had a hit with "It's A Man Down There").

Smiley Burnette (Lester Alvin Burnette) (aka Frog Millhouse) - Died 2-16-1967 in Knoxville, TN or Encino, CA, U.S. - Leukemia ( Country ) Born 3-18-1911 in Summum, Illinois. U.S. - Singer, songwriter, musician and actor - (He wrote, "Fetch Me Down My Trusty .45" and "The Old Covered Wagon") - Appeared on TV's, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres as railway engineer Charley Pratt - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee and Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Rocco Montana (Lino Bartolini) (aka Tony Montana) - Died 2-24-1967 in Parma, Italy - Car accident ( Pop - Beat ) Born 7-9-1929 in Prato, Italy - Singer - (He did, "Inventiamo la vita" and "La novia") - Worked with Nunzio Gallo ("I Cattuboli" and "Rocco e i suoi Arlecchini").

Fats Pichon (Walter Pichon) - Died 2-26-1967 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Heart disease ( Jazz ) Born 4-3-1906 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Pianist, singer and songwriter - Worked with with Luis Russell and Dave Bartholomew.

Ira Stripling - Died 3-?-1967 ( Country ) Born 6-5-1898 in Pickens County, AL, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Stripling Brothers (They did, "Railroad Bum" and "Coal Mine Blues").

Dave Dreyer - Died 3-2-1967 in New York, NY, U.S. - Born 9-22-1894 in Brooklyn, New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist - (Co-wrote, "Me And My Shadow" and "Next Stop Paradise") - Worked with Sophie Tucker, Al Jolson, Frank Fay and Belle Baker - Collaborated with Herman Ruby, Billy Rose and Ballard Macdonald - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Willie Smith (William McLeish Smith) - Died 3-7-1967 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Jazz ) Born 11-25-1910 in Charleston, SC, U.S. - Sang and played sax and clarinet - Woked with Jimmy Lunceford, Charlie Spivak, Harry James, Billy May, Norman Granz and Duke Ellington.

Pete Johnson - Died 3-23-1967 in Buffalo, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-24-1904 in Kansas City, MO, U.S. - Pianist and drummer - Worked with Louis "Good Bootie" Johnson, Albert Ammons and The Rockette Swing Unit.

Freddie Fisher - Died 3-28-1967 in Aspen, CO, U.S. - Cardiac arrest ( Comedy Swing ) Born 6-11-1904 in Lourdes, Iowa, U.S. - Clarinetist - Led Freddie Fisher And The Schnicklefritzers (They did, "Colonel Corn").

Paul Clayton - Died 3-30-1967 - Electrocuted himself ( Folk - Bluegrass ) Born 3-3-1933 in New Bedford, MA, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Who'll Buy You Ribbons When I'm Gone") - Was a member of The Dixie Mountain Boys.

Bill Nettles (William F. Nettles) - Died 4-5-1967 in Monroe, LA, U.S. ( Country ) Born 3-13-1903 or possibly 1907 in Natchitoches, LA, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "Hadacol Boogie" and wrote, "Have I Waited Too Long?") - Was a member of The Nettles Brothers and The Dixie Blue Boys.

Buster Bailey (William C. Bailey) - Died 4-12-1967 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-19-1902 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Played Clarinet - Led Buster Bailey And His Seven Chocolate Dandies (They did, "Call Of The Delta " and "Shanghai Shuffle") and Buster Bailey And His Rhythm Busters (They did, "Light Up" and "Dizzy Debutante") - Worked with The John Kirby's Sextet, W.C. Handy, Erskine Tate, Fletcher Henderson, Noble Sissle, Wilbur DeParis, Big Chief Russell Moore and King Oliver.

Red Allen (Henry James Allen Jr.) - Died 4-17-1967 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pancreatic cancer ( Jazz ) Born 1-7-1908 in Algiers, Louisiana, U.S. - Trumpet player - Worked with King Oliver, Coleman Hawkins, Pee Wee Russell, J.C. Higginbotham and Jelly Roll Morton.

J.B. Lenoir - Died 4-29-1967 in Urbana, IL, U.S. - Heart attack following car crash ( Blues ) Born 3-5-1929 in Monticello, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - Led J. B. And His Bayou Boys - (He did, "Eisenhower Blues" and "Don't Dog Your Woman") - Worked with Sonny Boy Williamson, Memphis Minnie, Big Maceo Merriweather, Muddy Waters and Elmore James.

LaVerne Andrews (Rogers) (LaVerne Sophie Andrews) - Died 5-8-1967 in Brentwood, CA, U.S. - Cancer ( Boogie Woogie ) Born 7-6-1911 in Minneapolis, MN, U.S. - Singer - Was one of The Andrews Sisters (They sang, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Rum And Coca-Cola") - Worked with Bing Crosby - Vocal Group Hall Of Fame Foundation Inductee.

Elmo Hope (St. Elmo Sylvester Hope) - Died 5-19-1967 - Heart attack while recuperating from pneumonia ( Jazz ) Born 6-27-1923  in New York, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Snub Mosely, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Joe Morris, Frank Foster, Lou Donaldson, John Coltrane, Clifford Brown and others.

Manuel Fernandez (Manolo Fernandez) - Died 5-20-1967 - Suicide ( Rock ) Born 9-29-1943 in Sevilla, Spain - Organist - Founding member of Los Bravos (They did, "Black Is Black").

James Brockman (Jacob Brachman) - Died 5-22-1967 in Santa Monica, CA, U.S. - Born 12-8-1876 either in New York, NY, U.S. or Russia - (Co-wrote, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" and "I Faw Down and Go Boom") - Collaborated with Nat Vincent, Ted Snyder, Nat Osborne, Eddie Dowling, Howard Johnson, James Hanley, Abe Olma, Ted Fio Rito, Irving Bibo, John Kellette, James Kendis, Ray Brown, Will Oakland, L. Wofe Gilbert, Ira Schuster and Vincent Lopez - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Bud Coleman - Died 5-26-1967 ( Mexician Instrumental Pop ) Born 6-3-1920 - Was a member of The Baja Marimba Band (They did,"Comin' In The Back Door" and "I'll Marimba You").

Billy Strayhorn - Died 5-31-1967 - Cancer of the esophagus ( Jazz ) Born 11-29-1915 in Dayton, OH, U.S. - Composer, arranger and pianist - Was a member of The Mad Hatters and Duke Ellington's band (They did,"A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing" and "Mid-Riff").

Clarence Tom Ashley  (Clarence Earl McCurry) - Died 6-2-1967 ( Counrty ) Born 9-25-1895 in Bristol, VA, U.S. - Was a member of The Carolina Tar Heels.

Jayne Mansfield (Vera Jayne Palmer) - Died 6-29-1967 near New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Car crash ( Actress ) Born 4-19-1933 in Bryn Mawr, PA, U.S. (She recorded, "Suey" with Jimi Hendrix and "Everytime") - She acted in the movies, "The Girl Can't Help It" and "The Wayward Bus".

Larry Cox - Died 7-3-1967 - Car accident ( Rock ) Singer - Was a member of The Intruders (They did, "Everytime It's You" and "Let Me Stay"), The Quinstrells (I've Got A Girl" and "Tell Her) and The Dearly Beloved (They did, "Peep Peep Pop Pop" and "It's Better").

John Coltrane - Died 7-17-1967 - Cancer ( Jazz Avant Garde ) Born 9-23-1926 in Hamlet, North Carolina, U.S. - Saxophonist (Did,"Around Midnight" and "If I Were A Bell").

Tommy Duncan (Thomas Elmer Duncan) - Died 7-24-1967 in San Diego, CA., U.S. ( Western Swing ) Born 1-11-1911 in Whitney, TX, U.S. - Singer - (He did, "Gamblin' Polka Dot Blues") - Worked with The Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys (They did, "Time Changes Everything" and "Stay A Little Longer") and The Miller Brothers Band -  Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee and Western Music Association Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dan Pickett (James Founty) - Died 8-16-1967 in Boaz, Alabama, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 8-31-1907 in Pike County, Alabama. U.S. - Guitarist and singer - (He did, "Baby How Long" and "Ride To Funeral In A V-8").

Brian Epstein (Brian Samuel Epstein) - Died 8-27-1967 in London, England - Accidental overdose of brandy and barbiturates ( Rock Manager ) Born 9-19-1934 in Liverpool, England - Managed The Beatles - Worked with Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer and Cilla Black.

Steve Ellis - Died 8-31-1967 - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Born 12-23-1944 in Pipestone, Minnesota, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of  The Squires, The Sabres and The Starfires (They did,"Pride Of A Man" and " Looking Thru Me".

Rex Stewart (William Stewart Jr.) - Died 9-7-1967 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 2-22-1907 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Played the Cornet - Played for The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Fletcher Henderson and Elmer Snowden - He also worked as a disc jockey music critic - He authored the book, "Jazz Masters of the Thirties".

Jan Robak - Died 9-8-1967 ( Polka ) Born 12-1-1890 in Poland - Played violin - Was a member of The Robak And Fronc Orchestra (They did, "Pytala Sie Pani" and "Panie Majster Polka") - International Polka Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Boots Mussulli (Henry W. Mussulli) - Died 9-23-1967 in Norfolk, MA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-18-1917 in Milford, MA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Mal Hallett, Gene Krupa, Serge Chaloff, Stan Kenton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Charlie Ventura and Herb Pomeroy.

Stuff Smith (Hezekiah Leroy Gordon Smith) - Died 9-25-1967 ( Swing ) Born 8-14-1909 in Portsmouth, OH, U.S. - Played the violin - Worked with Alphonse Trent, Jonah Jones ("I'se A Muggin'"), Jelly Roll Morton, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson.

Cherry Navarro (Alexis Enrique Navarro Velásquez) - Died 9-28-1967 in Caracas, Venezuela - Medullar Aplasia - Illness ( Pop ) Born 7-09-1944 in Caripito,  Monagas, Venezuela - Singer - (He did, "Aleluya" and " Catherina").

Woody Guthrie ( Woodrow Wilson Guthrie ) - Died 10-3-1967 - Huntington's Chorea ( Folk ) Born 7-14-1912  in Okemah, Oklahoma, U.S. (He did,"This Land Is Your Land" and "I Ain't Got No Home") Was one of Almanac Singers - Worked with Pete Seeger - Father of Arlo Guthrie - "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee".

Ernest Rogers - Died 10-9-1967 ( Jazz ) Born 10-27-1897 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Bunk Johnson and Louis Nelson.

Joseph Beal - Died 10-19-1967 ( Record Company Exec ) Born 6-25-1900 in Braintree, MA, U.S. (He co-wrote,"Jingle Bell Rock").

Ransom Knowling - Died 10-22-1967 in Chicago, Ill, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 6-24-1912 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Bassist - Worked with Big Bill Broonzy, Tommy McClennan, Otis Spann, Tampa Red, Sidney Desvigne and Joe Robichaux.

Frank Bowen - Died 10-25-1967 in RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, England ( Rock ) Born 12-19-1943 in Fazackerley, Liverpool, England - Guitarist and bassist - Worked with The Teenbeats, Cliff Roberts & The Rockers, The Strangers, The Lonely Ones, Earl Royce & The Olympics, Mark Peters & The Cyclones, Howie Casey & The Seniors, Lee Curtis & The All Stars, The Pathfinders and The Trends.

Jody Edwards (aka Butterbeans) - Died 10-28-1967 in Dolton, IL, U.S. ( Jazz - Vaudeville ) Born 7-19-1895 in Georgia, U.S. - Singer - Was half of the duo, Butterbeans & Susie (They did, "Taint None O' Your Business" and "I Want A Hot Dog For My Roll") - Worked with Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five.

James Graves - Died 11-?-1967 - Car crash ( Soul ) Born 8-8-1941 - Was a drummer for Junior Walker's Allstars.

Robert Nighthawk (Robert Lee McCullum) (aka Robert Lee McCoy, Rambling Bob and Peetie's Boy) - Died 11-5-1967 - Heart failure ( Blues ) Born 11-30-1909 in Helena, Arkansas, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did," Black Angel Blues" and "Bricks In My Pillow ").

Keg Johnson (Frederic Homer Johnson) - Died 11-8-1967 in Chicago, Ill., U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-19-1908 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with The Blue Moon Chasers, The Blue Syncopators, William Holloway's Merrymakers, Duke Ellington, 12 Clouds Of Joy, George E. Lee, Lucky Millinder and Ray Charles - He was the brother of saxophonist, Budd Johnson.

Ida Cox (Ida Prather) (aka Kate Lewis, Velma Bradley, Julia Powers and Jane Smith) - Uncrowned Queen Of The Blues - Died 11-10-1967 in Knoxville, Tenn., U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 2-25-1896 in Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.  (She recorded, "Wild Women Don't Have The Blues" and "Graveyard Dream Blues") - She had been married to pianist, Jesse Crump.

Jimmy Archey - Died 11-16-1967 ( Jazz ) Born 10-12-1902 in Norfolk, VA, U.S. - Played the trombone - Worked with Edgar Hayes,  Willie Bryant, Benny Carter , Ella Fitzgerald, Luis Russell, Bob Wilber and Muggsy Spanier.

George Lawrence Stone - Died 11-19-1967 - Born 1886 - Played drums, xylophone, timpani and bells - He wrote the drum technique book, Stick Control - Was a founding member of The National Association of Rudimental Drummers - Percussive Arts Society Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Peter Bocage (Peter Edwin Bocage) - Died 12-3-1967 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-31-1887 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played cornet, mandolin, guitar, banjo, trumpet, violin and trombone - Led The Creole Serenaders - Worked with The A.J. Piron Orchestra.

John Mills Sr. (John Hutchinson Mills) - Died 12-8-1967 ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 2-11-1882 in Bellefonte, PA, U.S. - Engineer, vocalist, saxophone and guitarist - He was one of The Mills Brothers (They did,"Big Boy Blue" and "Solitude") Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby.

Otis Redding (Otis Redding Jr.) - Died 12-10-1967 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Drowned after a plane crash ( Soul ) Born 9-9-1941 in Dawson, Georgia, U.S. (He recorded,"Dock Of The Bay" and "Try A Little Tenderness") He was a singer for The Pinetoppers and toured with The Bar-Kays - "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee".

Ronnie Caldwell - Died 12-10-1967 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Drowned after a plane crash ( Soul ) Born 1948 - Played organ - Was a member of The Bar Kays (They did,"Soul Finger" and "Let's Have Some Fun") Worked with Otis Redding.

Jimmy King - Died 12-10-1967 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Drowned after a plane crash ( Soul ) Born 1949 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Bar Kays (They did,"Soul Finger" and "Let's Have Some Fun") Worked with Otis Redding.

Phalon Jones - Died 12-10-1967 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Drowned after a plane crash ( Soul ) Born 1949 - Played saxophone - Was a member of The Bar Kays (They did,"Soul Finger" and "Let's Have Some Fun") Worked with Otis Redding.

Carl Cunningham - Died 12-10-1967 in Madison, WI, U.S. - Drowned after a plane crash ( Soul ) Born 1949 - Drummer - Was a member of The Bar Kays (They did,"Soul Finger" and "Let's Have Some Fun" ) Worked with Otis Redding.

Bee Palmer (Beatrice C. Palmer) - Shimmie Queen - Died 12-22-1967 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 9-11-1894 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Singer, pianist and dancer - (She did, "Don't Leave Me, Daddy" and "The Bee Palmer Strut") - Worked with Frank Trumbauer - She had been married to pianist, Al Siegel.

Paul Whiteman - The King of Jazz - Died 12-29-1967 in Doylestown, PA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-28-1890 in Denver, CO, U.S. - Violinist and band leader - (His band did, "Rhapsody In Blue" and "Japanese Sandman") - He worked with George Gershwin, Bing Crosby, Henry Busse, Tommy Dorsey, Eddie Lang and many others.

Bert Berns (Bertrand Berns)(aka Russell Byrd and Bert Russell) - Died 12-31-1967 - Heart attack - Born 11-8-1929 in New York, NY, U.S. - Songwriter, producer and talent Scout - (He co-wrote , "Piece Of My Heart" and "Twist And Shout") - Was a co-owner of Bang Records.

1968

Mac McGee (Horace Lee McGee) - Died 8-?-1968 in Houston, TX, U.S. ( Country ) Born 4-22-1916 in Sweetwater, TX, U.S. - Sang and played fiddle - (He did, "A Lock Without A Key" and "I've Closed The Door (To Heartaches)").

Jimmy Reilly - Died 1968 - Heroin and alcohol overdose ( Rock - Folk ) He was 17 years old - Played bass - Was a member of Watertower West and Tony And The Tigers (They did, "Summer Time (Is The Best Time For Making Love)" and "When The Party's Over") - Worked with Hunt Sales (Soupy Sales son) and Jon Pousette-Dart.

Jack Rhodes (Andrew Jackson Rhodes) - Died in 1968 ( Bluegrass ) Born 1907 in Mineola, TX, U.S. - Songwriter and guitarist - Led  Jack Rhodes' Ramblers - His songs have been recorded by Gene Vincent ("Woman Love"), Sonny James ("Til The Last Leaf Shall Fall From The Tree"), Elroy Dietzel ("Rock-n-Bones"), Jean Shepard, The Cramps, The Byrds, Jim Reeves ("Gypsy Heart") and Porter Wagoner ("A Satisfied Mind")  - Stepbrother of songwriter, Leon Payne - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Billy Stepney - Died 1968 ( Blues ) Born 1-16-1930 in Grenada, MS, U.S. - Drummer - Worked  with Memphis Slim.

Saxie Dowell (Horace K. Dowell) - Died 1968 ( Jazz ) Born in North Carolina, U.S. - Saxophonist and singer - (He wrote, "Three Little Fishes") -  Worked with Hal Kemp.

Gary Miller (Neville Williams) - Died 1968 ( Pop - Ballards ) Born 1924 in Blackpool, Lancashire, England - Singer (He did remakes of, "Wonderful Wonderful" and "The Garden Of Eden").

Sidney Brown - Died 1968 ( Jazz ) Born 7-19-1894 in Deering, LA, U.S. - Played string bass, violin and tuba - Worked with George Lewis, The Tuxedo Brass Band and Papa Celestin.

Rick Edwards - Died 1968 - His car went off the road killing him and three members of a band he was touring with at the time ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of The Doves who changed their name to The Deepest Blue (They did, "Pretty Little Thing" and "Somebody's Girl").

Benny Trieber - Died 1968 at McQueeney Lake near San Antonio TX, U.S. - Boating accident ( Rock ) Was a member of The Mind's Eye (They did, "Help I'm Lost") and The Children (They did, "Picture Me" and "Enough Of What I Need").

Marshall Rubinoff - Died 1968? in San Francisco, CA, U.S. - Motorcycle accident ( Rock ) Singer and guitarist - Was a member of the reformed Spikedrivers.

"Looney" Luke Beaucom  - Died 1968 ( Country ) Born 12-18-1902 in McDowell County, NC, U.S. - Was a member of The Tobacco Tags.

Syd Nathan - Died 1968 - Born 4-27-1904 - Founder of King Records .

George "King" Scott - Died 2-?-1968 - Accidently shot to death by a gun owned by a bandmember ( R&B ) Was a member of The Hesitations (They did, "Born Free" and "The Impossible Dream").

Luckey Roberts (Charles Luckeyeth Roberts) - Died 2-5-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 8-7-1887 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - He was one of the first "stride" piano players (He did, "Pork And Beans" and "Junk Man Rag") - Worked with Gus Seekes' Pickaninnies and Mayne Remington's Ethopian Prodigies.

Nick Pantas (aka Nicky Pantas)- Died 2-12-1968 - Car accident ( Rock ) Guitarist - Worked with The Vegas Kings, Ronnie And The Rumblers, Ronnie And The Red Caps ("Conquest" and "Lover"), Ronnie Dio And The Prophets (The Oh-Poo-Pah-Doo" and "Love Pains") and The Electric Elves ("Hey, Look Me Over " and "It Pays To Advertise") who became The Elves ("Hoochie Koochie Lady" and "L.A. 59") - Ronnie is Ronnie James Dio.

Little Walter ( Marion Walter Jacobs Sr. ) - Died 2-15-1968 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Injuries incurred in a street fight led to a blood clot ( Blues ) Born 5-1-1930 in Marksville, Louisiana, U.S. - Singer and harmonica player (Recorded, "My Babe" and "Ah'w Baby") - Louisiana Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Frankie Lymon - Died 2-28-1968 - Heroin overdose ( Rock and Roll ) Born 9-30-1942 in Washington Heights, New York, U.S. - Was the singer for The Premiers who became The Teenagers (They did, "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" and "I'm Not A Juvenile Deliquent") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Juanita Hall (Juanita Long) - Died 2-28-1968 in Bay Shore, Long Island, NY, U.S. - Complications of diabetes ( Blues - Musicals ) Born 11-6-1901 in Keyport, NJ, U.S. - Actress and singer - Appeared in the musicals, South Pacific and Flower Drum Song and in a one woman show, A Woman And The Blues.

Arthur "Monk" Hazel - Died 3-5-1968 ( Dixieland ) Born 1904 - Drummer and brass player - Leader of Bienville Roof Orchestra - Worked with George Girard, Sharkey Bonano and Santa Pecora.

Millard Kelso (aka The Little Man With the Moustache) - Died 3-12-1968 in Santa Clara, CA, U.S. ( Country ) He was 56 years old - Born in Cleveland, OK, U.S. - Pianist - Worked with Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys and Tommy Duncan And His Western All Stars.

Christopher "Black Happy" Goldston - Died 3-17-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 11-27-1894 - Drummer - Worked with The Golden Leaf Orchestra, The Tulane Orchestra, The Onward Brass Band, Octave Crosby, The W.P.A. Brass Band, Papa Celestin and Bill Mathews.

Skeets McDonald (Enos William McDonald) - Died 3-31-1968 - Massive heart attack ( Country - Honky Tonk - Rockabilly ) Born 10-1-1915  in Greenway, AR, U.S. (He did,"Molly Brown" and "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes") Was a member of The Lonesome Cowboys and Johnnie White And His Rough Riders - Worked with Wanda Jackson, Jean Shepard and Joe Maphis.

Martin Luther King Jr. - Died 4-4-1968 in Memphis, TN, U.S. - Assassinated ( Inspirational ) Born 1-15-1929 in Atlanta, GA, U.S. - He charted with, "I Have A Dream" - Many of his speeches are available as commercial recordings - His birthday is a declared federal holiday.

Lester Melrose (Lester Franklin Melrose) - Died 4-12-1968 in Lake, FL, U.S. - Born 12-14-1891 in Olney, IL, U.S. - Producer - Co-founder of The Melrose Brothers Music Company - Worked with  RCA Victor, Bluebird records, Columbia Records and Okeh Records - Worked with  Victoria Spivey, Joe "King" Oliver, Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Memphis Minnie, Roosevelt Sykes, Big Joe Williams, Bukka White, Champion Jack Dupree, Lonnie Johnson, Jazz Gillum, Big Boy Crudup and Washboard Sam - Blues Foundation's Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Dorsey Dixon (Dorsey Murdock Dixon) - Died 4-18-1968 ( Country ) Born 10- 5 or 14-1897 - Singer, songerwriter, guitarist and fiddler - He was one of The Dixon Brothers (They did, "I Didn't Hear Anybody Pray" and "Beyond Black Smoke").

Steve Sholes (Stephen H. Sholes) - Died 4-22-1968 in Nashville, TN, U.S. - Born 2-12-1911 in Washington, DC, U.S. - Recording executive - Played saxophone and clarinet - Was head of country and r&b recordings for RCA working with Jelly Roll Morton, Chet Atkins,Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie,  Eddy Arnold, Hank Locklin, Pee Wee King, Hank Snow, The Browns, Homer & Jethro, Jim Reeves and Elvis Presley -  Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Ron Parr (Ronald Eugene Parr) - Died 4-30-1968 in Vietnam - Killed while serving in the armed forces  ( Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Hard Times Band (They did, "Losing You" and "You Couldn't Love Me") and The Rites Of Spring (They did, "Comin' On Back To Me" and "Why (?)")

Rick Philp - Died 5-?-1968 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Murdered by a college room mate ( Folk Rock ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Myddle Class (They did,"I Happen To Love You" and "Don't Let Me Sleep Too Long").

"Creole" George Guesnon - Died 5-5-1968  ( Blues ) Born 5-25-1907  in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. (He did,"King Zulu" and "Last-Go-Round Blues").

George D. Hay - The Solemn Ole Judge - Died 5-8-1968 in Virginia Beach, VA, U.S. - Born 11-9-1895 in Attica, IN, U.S. - Booking agent, promoter and radio personallity - Author of the book, "A Story Of The Grand Ole Opry" and an editor of the country music newspaper, Pickin' and Singin' News - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Beasley Smith (John Beasley Smith) - Died 5-14-1968 - Born 9-27-1901 in McEwen, TN - (He wrote , "Tennessee Central Number Nine" and co-wrote, "Night Train To Memphis") - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Cliff Barton (Clifford Howard Barton) - Died 5-16-1968 in West Middlesex, England - Septicaemia due to staphlocoyl ( Rock ) He was 24 years old - Played bass guitar - Worked with Alexis Korner, Cyril Davis, The Hoochie Coochie Men and Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames.

Little Willie John ( William Edward John ) - Died 5-26-1968 - Was convicted of manslaughter and died in prison - His death certificate cites heart attack but some accounts say he died by pneumonia or he may have been asphyxiated, while others say he was beaten to death by prison guards or inmates ( Soul ) Born 11-15-1937 in Lafayette, Arkansas, U.S. (Co-wrote and was the first to record, "Fever" and did, "Need Your Love So Bad") Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

George Wettling (George Godfrey Wettling) - Died 6-6-1968 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Dixieland ) Born 11-28-1907 in Topeka, KS, U.S. - Drummer - Worked with Artie Shaw, Bunny Berigan, Jack Hylton, Red Norvo, Paul Mares, Jimmy McPartland, Wingy Manone, Eddie Condon and Paul Whiteman.

Ken Errair - Died 6-14-1968 - Plane crash ( Pop - Jazz ) Born 1-23-1930 - Was a member of The Four Freshman (They did"Graduation Day" and "Charmaine").

Ernest "Pop" Stoneman (Ernest Van Stoneman) (aka the Blue Ridge Mountaineer) - Died 6-14-1968 in Nashville, TN, U.S. ( Country ) Born 5-25-1893 in in Monarat, VA, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, autoharp and harmonica -  (He did, "The Sinking Of The Titanic") - Was the leader of The Stoneman Family Band - Worked with The Sweet Brothers, Uncle Eck Dunford and Frank Jenkins' Pilot Mountaineers - Country Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Wes Montgomery (John Leslie Montgomery) - Died 6-15-1968 in Indianapolis, IN, U.S. - Heart attack ( Jazz ) Born 3-6-1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S. - Guitarist - Worked with Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, The Wynton Kelly Trio and Lionel Hampton - Brother of bassist, Monk Montgomery and vibraphonist and pianist, Buddy Montgomery.

Ziggy Elman (Harry Finkelman) - Died 6-26-1968 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 5-26-1914 in Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Trumpet player - Worked with Martha Tilton ("And The Angels Sing"), Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.

Gary Richardson - Died 7-?-1968 - Drugs ( Rock ) He was the lead singer for The Swinging Machine (They did,"Do You Have To Ask" and "Comin' On Back Home").

Phil Pill - Died 7-5-1968 in Vietnam - Killed by enemy fire while touring army bases ( Rock ) He was 17 years old - Played piano - Was a member of Brandi Perry And The Bubble Machine (They did versions of, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and "San Francisco").

Kurt Willis - Died 7-5-1968 in Vietnam - Killed by enemy fire while touring army bases ( Rock ) He was 17 years old - Drummer - Was a member of Brandi Perry And The Bubble Machine (They did versions of, "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" and "San Francisco").

Nervous Norvus (Singing Jimmy Drake) - Died 7-24-1968 in Alameda, CA, U.S. - Cirrhosis ( Novelty ) Born 5-13-1912 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. - Singer - ( He recorded, "Transfusion" and "Ape Call").

Alexandra (Doris Nefedov) (Doris Treitz ) - Died 7-31-1969 near Tellingstedt, in northern Germany - Car crash - Born 5-19-1942 in Heydekrug, Memelland - Singer - (She did, "Golden Earrings" and "Ma guitare (Zwei Gitarren)").

Wiliam Bukovy - Died 8-1-1968 in Prague, Czechoslovakia ( Film Music - Chanson ) Born 1-18-1932 in Lucenec, Czechoslovakia - Composed chansons for Rudolf Cortes, Hana Hegerova and Josef Bek (He wrote, "Bambus A Reka", "Buffalo Bill" and "Jak Vypada Cas") and music for films and ads ("Hirosima" and "Svedomi").

Luther Perkins (Luther Monroe Perkins) - Died 8-5-1968 - Died in a fire he caused by smoking in bed ( Country ) Born 1-8-1928 in Tennessee, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Tennessee Two And Friend (They did, "Bandana" and "Wabash Blues") - Worked with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Carter Family and Floyd Cramer.

Birleanna Blanks - Died 8-12-1968 - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 2-18-1889 in Iowa .

Joe Hinton - Died 8-13-1968 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Skin cancer ( Blues - R&B - Soul - Gospel ) Born 11-15-1929 in Evansville, IN, U.S. -  (He had a R&B hit with a remake of Willie Nelson's, "Funny How Time Slips Away") - Was a member of The Chosen Gospel Singers and The Spirit Of Memphis - Worked with The Supremes, Paul Riser, Gladys Knight and Ivory Joe Hunter.

Lawrence Walker - Died 8-15-1968 in Rayne, LA, U.S. ( Cajun ) Born 9-1-1907 in Scott, LA, U.S. - Played accordion and violin and was a singer and composer - Was a member of The Walker Brothers Band - Worked with The Wandering Aces - Cajun Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Cutty Cutshall (Robert Dewees Cutshall) - Died 8-16-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 12-29-1911 in Huntington County, PA, U.S. - Trombonist - Worked with Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Eddie Condon, Anita O'Day and Charlie Christian.

Karel Duba - Died 8-21-1968 in Ulanbatar, Mongolia - Bus crash ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 9-29-1923 in Pisek, Czechoslovakia - Guitarist for Orchestr Jaroslava Jezka, FiSyO and his own group Skupina Karla Duby (They did, "Dostavnik", "Echo Boogie" and "Kapitan Nemo").

Josef Posledni - Died 8-21-1968 in Ulanbatar, Mongolia - Bus crash ( Jazz - Pop ) Born 11-23-1922 in Prague, Czechoslovakia - Played drums for Swing Stars, Orchestr Karla Vlacha and Skupina Karla Duby.

Jaroslav Strudl - Died 8-21-1968 in Ulanbatar, Mongolia - Bus crash ( Jazz - Pop ) - Born 8-13-1926 in Tynec nad Labem, Czechoslovakia - Tenor sax player for Skupina Karla Duby.

Dana Hobzova - Died 8-21-1968 in Ulanbatar, Mongolia - Bus crash (Pop) - Was a vocalist for Skupina Karla Duby.

Marie Poksteflova - Died 8-21-1968 in Ulanbatar, Mongolia - Bus crash ( Pop ) - Was a vocalist for Skupina Karla Duby.

Bohumil Vanek - Died 8-21-1968 in Ulanbatar, Mongolia - Bus crash ( Pop ) - Was a vocalist for Skupina Karla Duby.

Edmond Souchon - Died 8-24-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 10-25-1897 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Six And Seven-Eighths Band.

Sergio Martell - Died 9-9-1968 in Mexico ( Rock ) Born 6-3-1941 in Mexico - Pianist - Was a member of Los Espontaneos and Los Teen Tops.

Michael Carr (Michael Cohen) - Died 9-16-1968 - Natural causes ( Songwriter ) Born 1904 - (He wrote, "Man Of Mystery" for The Shadows and "White Horses" for Jacky).

Red Foley (Clyde Julian Foley) - Died 9-19-1968 - Heart attack (Country) Born 6-17-1910 between Blue Lick and Berea, KY, U.S. - (Did, "Old Shep", "Smoke On The Water" and "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy") - Was a member of The Cumberland Ridge Runners - Father in-law of singer, Pat Boone.

Dexter Bell - Died 9-22-1968 while serving in Vietnam - Mortar attack ( Pop - Soul ) Born 5-4-1948 - Guitarist - Was a member of The Soundsations.

Dewey Phillips - Died 9-28-1968 ( Disc Jockey ) Born 1926 - Was the first to play Elvis Presley on the air.

Johnny Richards (John Cascales) - Died 10-7-1968 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-2-1911 in Queretaro, Mexico - Played trumpet, piano, violin and banjo - (He co-wrote Frank Sinatra's, "Young At Heart") - Composer, arranger and bandleader - Worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Kenton, Sarah Vaughan and Charlie Barnet.

Frank Skinner - Died 10-8-1968 in Hollywood, CA, U.S. - Born 12-31-1897 in Meredosia, IL, U.S. - Composer - Wrote music for several hundred films including, "My Little Chickadee", "Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein" and "Imitation Of Life".

Jack Bland - Died 10-18-1968 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 5-8-1899 in Sedalia, MO, U.S. - Played banjo and guitar - Member of The Mound City Blue Blowers (They did, "Arkansas Blues") - Worked with The Billy Banks Orchestra and The Rhythmmakers.

Solomon Lightfoot Michaux - Died 10-20-1968 in Washington, DC, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 10-7-1883 or 11-7-1884 in Newport News, VA, U.S. - Singer - Worked with his wife Mrs. Mary Michaux and The Happy Am I Radio Choir.

Rosa Lee Hill - Died 10-22-1968 in Senatobia, MS, U.S. - Heart failure ( Blues ) Born 9-25-1910 in Como, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (She did, "Pork & Beans" and " Bullying Well") - Worked with her niece, Jessie Mae Hemphill ("Lord I Feel Better") - Daughter of musician, Sid Hemphill.

Malcolm Hale - Died 10-30-1968 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty heater ( Rock ) Born 5-17-1941 in Butte Montana, U.S. - Played guitar, trombone, and sang - Was a member of Spanky And Our Gang ( They recorded, "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day" ).

Sal Franzella (Salvator Franzella, Jr.) - Died 11-?-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 4-25-1915 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played saxophone - Worked with Louis Prima, Teddy Grace, Jack Teagarden and Frank Sinatra.

Eric Bernay - Died 11-2-1968 ( Record Exec ) Born 1906 - Was the founder of Keynote Records.

Kokomo Arnold (James Arnold) (aka Gitfiddle Jim) - Died 11-8-1968 in Chicago, IL, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 2-15-1901 in Lovejoys Station, Georgia, U.S. - Guitarist - (He did, "Milk Cow Blues" and "Old Kokomo Blues").

Jan Johansson - Died 11-9-1968 in Jonkoping, Sweden - Car accident ( Jazz ) Born 9-16-1931 - Played piano, guitar, organ and accordion - Worked with Georg Riedel, Svend Asmussen and Radiojazzgruppen.

Hilton Jefferson - Died 11-14-1968 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 7-30-1903 in Danbury, CT, U.S. - Banjoist and saxophonist - Worked with Julian Arthur's Orchestra, Claude Hopkins, Chick Webb, King Oliver , McKinney's Cotton Pickers, Benny Carter, Cab Calloway, Henry "Red" Allen and others.

Johnny Temple (aka Geechie) - Died 11-22-1968 in Jackson, MS, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 10-18-1906 in Canton, Mississippi, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (Recorded, "Big Leg Woman" and "Gimme Some Of That Yum Yum Yum") - Worked with Big Walter Horton, Billy Boy Arnold, Charlie McCoy and Joe McCoy,

Floyd O'Brien - Died 11-26-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 5-7-1904 - Played trombone - Worked with Joe Venuti, Gene Krupa, Jack Teagarden, Eddie Condon, Fats Waller and Phil Harris.

George Lewis - Died 12-31-1968 ( Jazz ) Born 7-13-1900 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Played Clarinet - He worked with Bunk Johnson, The Black Eagle Band, Kid Ory, Buddy Petit, The Olympia Orchestra, The Eureka Brass Band and Chris Kelly.

1969

Violeta Parra - Died 1969 ( Folk ) Born in San Carlos, Chile - Singer and guitarist.

Nicola Salerno (aka Nisa) - Died 1969 in Milan, Italy - Born 1910 in Naples, Italy - Lyricist - Collaborated with Renato Carosone (They wrote, "O suspiro" and "Caravan Petrol").

Gene Fetko - Died 1969 or 1971 - Complications from asthma after surgery ( Surf ) Guitarist - Was a member of The Jaguars and David Marks & The Marksmen (They did, "The Sheriff Of Noddingham" and "Kustom Kar Show").

Marcel Sanders - Died 1969 ( Doo-Wop ) Was a member of Johnny Bragg And The Prisonaires.

Tony Sbarbaro (Antonio Sparbaro) (aka Tony Sparbo) - Died 1969 ( Jazz ) Born 6-27-1897 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer - Was a member of The Original Dixieland Jazz Band - Worked with The Frayle Brothers Band.

Steve Bohannon - Died 1969 - Car crash ( Jazz ) Drummer - Worked with Don Ellis, Shelly Manne and Howard Roberts.

Lemon Nash (Lemoine Nash) - Died 1969 ( Country Blues ) Born 4-22-1898 in Lakeland, LA, U.S. - Sang and played ukelele, guitar and banjo.

Wilbur Hatch - Died 1969 ( Conductor - Composer ) Born 1902 - He was the Conductor of Desi Arnaz Orchestra for, "I Love Lucy".

Oliver Howard - Died 1969 ( Doo-Wop - R&B ) Was a member of The Spiders (They did, "I Didn't Want To Do It" and "You're The One").

Mississippi Joe Callicott - Died 1969  ( Blues ) Born 10-11-1900 in Nesbit, Mississippi, U.S. (He did, "Great Long Ways From Home" and "Hoist Your Window And Let Your Curtain Down").

Willard Peterson - Died 1969 - Cancer ( Jazz ) Keyboardist - Worked with his wife keyboardist, Jeanne Arland.

Paul Chambers (Paul Laurence Dunbar Chambers Jr.) (aka Mr. P.C.) - Died 1-4-1969 - Tuberculosis ( Jazz ) Born 4-22-1935 in Pittsburgh, PA, U.S. - Bassist - Was a member of  The Miles Davis Quintet - Worked with  Paul Quinichette, George Wallington, The Wynton Kelly Trio, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding and others.

Johnny Moore (John Dudley Moore) - Died 1-6-1969 in Los Angeles, CA, U.S. - Kidney failure - Born 10-20-1906 in Austin, TX, U.S. - Guitarist - Was a member of The Three Blazers (They did, "Sunny Road" and "Changeable Woman Blues") - Brother of guitarist, Oscar Moore.

Roberta Martin (aka Fay Brown) - Died 1-18-1969 in Chicago, IL, U.S. ( Gospel ) Born 2-12-1907 in Helena, AR, U.S. - Singer and pianist - Worked with Theodore Frye in The Martin-Frye Singers and led The Roberta Martin Singers (They did, "Come In The Room" and "Only A Look").

Alcide Pavageau (aka Slow Drag) - Died 1-19-1969 ( Jazz ) Born 3-7-1888 - Played bass - Born 3-27-1906 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. - Played Clarinet - Worked with Peck Kelley, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols' Five Pennies, Billy Banks, Louis Prima, Marshall Brown and Eddie Condon - Was married to pianist and singer, Sister Annie Pavageau.

Paul Barbarin (Adolphe Paul Barbarin) - Died 2-17-1969 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - While leading a parade ( Jazz ) Born 5-5-1899 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer, bandleader and composer - (He wrote, "Bourbon Street Parade" and "The Second Line") - Worked with The Silver Leaf Orchestra, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, The Onward Brass Band and The Young Olympia Band.

Lew Stone - Died 2-13-1969 ( Swing ) Was the leader of Lew Stone & His Orchestra - Worked with Al Bowly.

Pee Wee Russell (Charles Ellsworth Russell) - Died 2-15-1969 in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 3-27-1906 in Maplewood, Missouri, U.S. - Played piano, violin and clarinet - Worked with with Herb Berger's Band, Frankie Trumbauer, Jean Goldkette, Red Nichols, Bobby Hackett, Art Hodes, Muggsy Spanier, Eddie Condon and Bix Beiderbecke - Played for the inaugural ball for President Richard Nixon.

Glenn Kieffer Vaughan - Died 3-?-1969 - Born 3-20-1893 in Cisco, TX, U.S. - Singer - Worked with The Original Vaughan Quartet -  Was a President for The Vaughan Music Company - Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inductee and Southern Gospel Music Hall Of fame Inductee.

Dickie Pride (aka The Sheik of Shake) (Richard Charles Kneller) - Died 3-26-1969 in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England  - Drug abuse? ( Rock n' Roll ) Born 10-21-1941 in Thornton Heath, Surrey, England.

Billy Bizor (aka Biser and Bizer)- Died 4-5-1969 in Houston, TX, U.S. ( Blues ) Born 9-3-1913 in Waxahatchu, TX, U.S. or 1917 in Centerville, TX, U.S. - Played harmonica and sang - (He did, "Screwdriver" and "When I'm Dead") - Worked with his cousin, Lightnin' Hopkins.

Benny Benjamin (William Benjamin) (aka Papa Zita) - Died 4-20-1969 in Detroit, MI, U.S. - Stroke ( R&B - Soul - Jazz ) Born 7-25-1925 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. - Drummer - (Played On The Supremes, "My World Is Empty Without You" and Gladys Knight And The Pips, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine") - He was one of The Funk Brothers - Worked with Buddy Petit, Herb Morand, George Lewis, Bunk Johnson and Emil Barnes - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Don Drummond - Died 5-6-1969 - Committed suicide after murdering his lover ( Ska ) Born 1943 - Was a member of The Skatalites .

Pappy O'Daniel (Wilbert Lee O'Daniel) - Died 5-12-1969 in Dallas, TX, U.S. - Born 3-11-1890 in Malta, OH, U.S. - Radio personality, songwriter and politician - For his radio station he hired a group of musicians calling them The Light Crust Doughboys and later formed Pappy O'Daniel And His Hillbilly Boys - Was a governor and a senator for Texas - Father of bandleader, Pat O'Daniel.

Martin Lamble - Died 5-14-1969 - The band's van crashed after a gig ( Rock ) Born 8-28-1949 in London, England - Was a violinist and drummer for  Fairport Convention (They did, "Autopsy" and "Who Knows Where the Time Goes?").

Jeanne "Genie The Taylor" Franklin - Died 5-14-1969 ( Clothes Designer ) Designed clothes for rock stars including Jimi Hendrix, Lovin Spoonful, Jefferson Airplane, Donovan, Eric Burton And The Animals and more.

Coleman Hawkins (Coleman Randoph Hawkins) - Died 5-19-1969 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 11-21-1901 in St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S. - Saxophonist - (He did, "Body And Soul") - Was a member of The Jazz Hounds - Worked with Wilbur Sweatman, Fletcher Henderson, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach.

Jimmy McHugh - Died 5-22-1969 in Beverly Hills, CA, U.S. ( Composer ) Born 7-10-1894 in Boston, MA, U.S. - Pianist - (He wrote, "When My Sugar Walks Down The Street") - Worked with Dorothy Fields ("I'm In The Mood For Love" and "On The Sunny Side Of The Street"), Harold Adamson ("Here Comes Heaven" and "Dig You Later") and Ned Washington - Song Writers Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Lillian Brown - Died 6-8-1969 - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 4-24-1885 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. - (She did, "Up The Way Bound").

Wynonie Harris - Died 6-14-1969 - Throat cancer ( Blues ) Born 8-24-1915 in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S. (Recorded, "Good Rockin' Tonight").

Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm) - Died 6-22-1969 in London, England - Accidental barbituate overdose ( Pop - Standards - Show Tunes ) Born 6-10-1922 in Grand Rapids, MN, U.S. - Singer and actress - (She did, "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and "The Boy Next Door") - She was one of The Gumm Sisters - She protrayed Dorothy Gale in the film, The Wizard Of Oz - She had been married to  musician, David Rose and director, Vincente Minnelli - Mother of Liza Minnelli.

Shorty Long (Frederick Earl Long) - Died 6-29-1969 - Drowned in a boating accident ( Rock - Country ) Born 5-20-1940 in Birmingham, AL, U.S. (He did, "Devil With A Blue Dress" and "Here Comes The Judge") Worked with Elvis Presley, Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins and others.

Brian Jones (Lewis Brian Hopkin Jones) - Died 7-3-1969 in Hartfield, Sussex, England - Drowned in his pool ( Rock - R&B ) Born 2-28-1942 in Cheltenham, England - Singer, keyboardist, guitarist and saxophonist - Was a member of The Rolling Stones (They recorded , "Paint It Black" and "Ruby Tuesday") - Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Roy Hamilton - Died 7-20-1969 in New Rochelle, NY, U.S. - Stroke ( Gospel - R&B ) Born 4-16-1929 in Leesburg, Georgia, U.S. - (He did, "Unchained Melody" and "You Can Have Her").

Catherine Warnes (Catherine Anne  Warnes) (aka Cathy Wayne) - Died 7-20-1969 in Da Nang, Vietnam - Accidentally shot on stage while performing by a U.S. marine who was attempting to shoot his commanding officer ( Pop ) Born 12-7-1949 at Arncliffe, Sydney, Australia - Singer - She was a member of Sweethearts On Parade.

Frank Loesser (Henry Frank Loesser) - Died 7-26-1969 in New York, NY, U.S. - Cancer - Born 6-29-1910 in New York, NY, U.S. - Pianist and composer - (He wrote, "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition" and "I Wish I Were Twins") - Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Russ Morgan - Died 8-8-1969  ( Jazz ) Born 4-29-1904 in Scranton, PA, U.S. - Trombonist and bandleader - (He did, "Cruising Down The River" and "The Poor People Of Paris") - Worked with Chick Webb, Louis Armstrong, The Boswell Sistersa and The Dorsey Brothers.

Josh White (Joshua Daniel White)(aka Pinewood Tom, The Singing Christian and Tippy Barton) - Died 9-6-1969 in Manhasset, New York, U.S. - During a heart valve replacement operation ( Folk - Blues - Gospel ) Born 2-11-14 in Greenville, NC, U.S. - Singer and guitarist - (He did, "Ball And Chain Blues" and "Can't Help But Crying Sometimes") - Led Josh White & His Carolinians - Worked with Willie Walker, Blind Blake, Lead Belly, Libby Holman, Leroy Carr, Scrapper Blackwell, Buddy Moss, Charlie Spand, The Carver Boys, Mary Lou Williams, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Lee Hays, Walter Roland, Lucille Bogan and Blind Joe Taggart.

Leon Payne (Leon Roger Payne) - The Blind Balladeer - Died 9-11-1969 in San Antonio, TX, U.S. - Heart attack ( Country ) Born 6-15-1917 in Alba, TX, U.S. - Sang and played guitar, piano, organ, trombone and drums - (Wrote, "I Love You Because" and "You've Still Got A Place In My Heart.") - Led The Lone Star Buddies - Worked with Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys and Jack Rhodes And His Rhythm Boys - Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Inductee.

Joe Watkins - Died 9-13-1969 ( Jazz ) Born 10-24-1900 in New Orleans, LA, U.S. - Drummer and singer - Worked with George Lewis & His Ragtime Jazz Band.

Jack The Cat (Ken Elliott) - Died 10-?-1969 - Born 1919 in New Castle, PA, U.S. - (Co-wrote, "Mardi Gras Mambo") - Besides being a popular disc jockey, he was a master of ceremonies on the music TV show, New Orleans Bandstand with his wife Ann (aka Jacqueline the Kitten).

Skip James(Nehemiah Curtis James) - Died 10-3-1969 Philadelphia, PA, U.S. - Cancer ( Blues ) Born 6-9-1902 in Bentonia, Mississippi, U.S. -  Singer, guitarist and pianist - (He did, "All Night Long" and "22-20 Blues") - Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame Inductee.

Natalino Otto (Natale Codognotto) - King of Rhythm - Died 10-4-1969 in Milan, Italy ( Swing ) Born 12-25-1912 in Cogoleto, Italy - Singer and musician - (He did, "Ho un sassolino nella scarpa" and "Mamma voglio anch'io la fidanzata") - Was married to singer, Flo Sandon.

William McKinney (aka Bill McKinney) - Died 10-14-1969 in Cynthiana, KY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 9-17-1895 in Cynthiana, KY, U.S. - Drummer - Led The Synco Jazz Band and McKinney's Cotton Pickers (They did, "Milenberg Joys" and "After All, You're All I'm After").

Leonard Chess (Lazer Shmuel Chez) - Died 10-16-1969 - Heart attack ( Record Executive - Producer ) Born 3-12-1917 in Motol, Poland, U.S. - Founder of Chess Records - Signed John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry and many more Blues and Jazz artists - Independent Music Hall Of Fame Inductee.

William "Highpockets" Langford (aka William Landford) - Died 10-19-1969 ( Gospel ) Born 7-27-1910 - Singer - Was a member of The Southern Sons (They did, "Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition") and The Selah Jubilee Singers.

Jack Kerouac - Died 10-21-1969 in St. Petersburg, FL, U.S. - Born 3-12-1922 - Writer - (He did, "Pull My Daisy" and "Lover Man" with The David Amram Quartet) - He wrote the book, "On The Road".

Tommy Edwards (Thomas Jefferson Edwards ) - Died 10-23-1969 in Henrico, Richmond, Virginia, U.S. - Brain aneurysm ( R&B ) Born 10-15-1922 in Henrico, Richmond, Virginia, U.S. - Singer and songwriter - (He did, "It's All In A Game" and "All Over Again") - His songs have been recorded by Louis Jordan, Tony Bennett, Red Foley and Tony Fontane.

Pops Foster (George Foster) - Died 10-30-1969 ( Jazz ) Born 5-18-1892 in McCall, LA, U.S. - Bassist and tuba player - Worked with Art Hodes, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Luis Russell, Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines and Charlie Creath.

Tony Spargo (Antonio Sbarbaro) - Died 10-30-1969 in New York, NY, U.S. ( Jazz ) Born 6-27-1897 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. - Member of The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (They did, "St. Louis Blues" and "Royal Garden Blues") - The 1st jazz band to make records.

Slick Jones - Died 11-2-1969 ( Jazz ) Born 4-13-1907 - Drummer - Worked with Gene Sedric, Claude Hopkins,  Don Redman, Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Hazel Scott, Don Byas and Lionel Hampton.

Deek Watson (Ivory  Watson) (aka Deacon) - Died 11-4-1969 in Washington, DC, U.S. ( R&B ) Born 7-18-1909 in Mounds, IL, U.S. - Singer - Was a member of The Percolating Puppies, Deek Watson And The Brown Dots (They did, "Strange As It Seems"), The Four Riff Brothers and  The Ink Spots - Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Inductee.

Ricardo Aguirre - The Monumental of the Gaita - Died 11-8-1969 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela - Car crash  ( Gaita ) Born 05-09-1939 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela - Singer, composer, cuatrista and teacher - (He did, "La Grey Zuliana" (The Zuliana Flock) and "Maracaibo Marginada" (Excluded Maracaibo)) - Worked with Los Cardenales del Exito and El Saladillo.

Ted Heath (George Edward Heath) - Died 11-18-1969 ( Jazz ) Born 3-30-1900 in London, England - Trombonist - (He had a hit with, "The Faithful Hussar") - Worked with Jack Hylton, Bert Firman and Sydney Lipton.

J.T. Brown (James Thomas Brown)(aka Saxman Brown, J.T. (Big Boy) Brown and Bep Brown) - Died 11-24-1969 ( Blues ) Born 4-2-1918 in MS, U.S. - (He did, "Dumb Woman Blues" and "Kickin' the Blues Around") - Was a member of The Rabbit Foot Minstrels

Magic Sam (Samuel Gene Maghett) - Died 12-1-1969 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. - Heart attack ( Blues ) Born 2-14-1937 in Grenada, Mississippi, U.S. - Guitarist and composer - (He did, "All Your Love" and "Easy Baby") - Nephew of Shakey Jake Harris.

Stump Johnson (James Johnson) - Died 12-5-1969 in St. Louis, MO, U.S. ( Blues - Boogie ) Born 1-17-1902 in Clarksville, TN, U.S. - Pianist - Led Johnson's Jazzers (They did, "The Duck Yas-Yas-Yas" and "You Buzzard You").

Cortelia Clark - Died 12-24-1969 - House fire when his kerosene heater exploded ( Blues ) He was between 62 and 67 years old - Born in Chicago, Ill., U.S. - Guitarist - He released the Grammy winning album, Blues In The Street.

Jiri Slitr - Died 12-26-1969 in Prague, Czechoslovakia Coal gas poisoning ( Pop - R&B - Jazz ) Born 2-15-1924 in Zalesni Lhota, Czechoslovakia - Was a pianist, arranger, singer, actor and painter - He performed with Jiri Suchy in a duo - They were the founders of Semafor Theatre in 1959 (They did, "Klokoci", "Praminek Vlasu" and "Jo, To Jsem Jeste Zil") - Concidered to be one of the most important persons of Czechoslovak post-war music.

Lemon "Banjo Boy" Nash - Died 12-27-1969  ( Blues ) Born 4-22-1898 in Nash Lakeland, Louisiana, U.S. - (He did, "She Was Born IN New Orleans").


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